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Unidentified photographer 
[Studio Photographer at Work] 
1855 (ca) 
Salted paper print 
5 1/8 × 3 13/16 in. (13 × 9.7 cm) (image) 9 1/2 × 5 5/8 in. (24.1 × 14.3 cm) (sheet) 
Metropolitan Museum of Art 
William L. Schaeffer Collection, Promised Gift of Jennifer and Philip Maritz, in celebration of the Museum's 150th Anniversary, Accession Number: L.2019.57.598 
In this evocative image, picture making takes center stage. Underneath a canopy of dark cloth, the photographer poses as if to adjust the bellows of a large-format camera. The view reflected on its ground glass would appear reversed and upside down. Viewers’ expectations are similarly overturned, because the photographer’s subject remains unseen. 

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