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Published Saturday, September 22, 18 | By PaulvHill

contributed  by Ronna Fleischman

Although developed in Europe, photography became extremely popular in the United States—especially in New York City—where in the late 1850’s hundreds of artists built lavish portrait studios on the upper floors of buildings around Broadway, and in other major American cities from Boston to San Francisco.  The medium’s success was built upon the idea that the average person who desired a simple likeness of himself, or more likely to send to a loved one, could attain such a portrait, whereas a large variety of groups were previously excluded from official portraiture.

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