The Victorian Breastfeeding Photo Fad

So great. I wonder if they used them as calling cards.

 "Cultural constructions of femininity became highly centered on motherhood and the special bond between a mother and her children in the Victorian era.

As daguerreotypes became available, women began to pose breastfeeding their infants, capturing them in this most essential of maternal roles."  From Gwen Sharp on Sociological Images

 

 

 

 

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Holly Andres and Polixeni Papapetrou

Two photographers who's work I've been checking out are Holly Andres and Polixeni Papapetrou. They both recreate psychologically charged scenes from their youth and employ a cinematic style that I love. They both have that "Another Girl, Another Planet" / Gregory Crewdson vibe going on.

Anna's Birthday Party II by Holly Andres

Anna's Birthday Party II by Holly Andres

The Missing Bird by Holly Andres

The Missing Bird by Holly Andres

Anna's Birthday Party III by Holly Andres

Anna's Birthday Party III by Holly Andres

The above photos are from Andres's series Anna's Birthday Party and Sparrow Lane. I also especially love The Trail of Sparrow Lane. Found via A Photo Editor.

Polixeni Papapetrou has a series called Games of Consequence that reminds me a lot of Anna Gaskell's work.

Dreams Are Like Water by Polixeni Papapetrou

Dreams Are Like Water by Polixeni Papapetrou

The Fall by Polixeni Papapetrou

The Fall by Polixeni Papapetrou