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    Victorian Photo Shoot

  • Tara Star

    1800s Portrait of three women featured in the book The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious by W.M. Hunt. The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: in each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed.

  • Lloyd Jackson

    Unknown photographer, Portrait of three women, 19th century / The Unseen Eye

  • Lucy Rennie

    Covered Victorian ladies

  • Neue Formation

    nice old photograph

  • SToNZ Jewelry

    reminds me of when I aim my camera at my daughters.

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1800s Portrait of three women featured in the book The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious by W.M. Hunt. The Unseen Eye: Photographs from the Unconscious presents a wonderfully idiosyncratic and compelling collection of photographs assembled around a particular theme: in each image, the gaze of the subject is averted, the face obscured or the eyes firmly closed. (via  La Lettre de la Photographie and turnofthecentury)

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