Smile Or No Smile


You wouldn't want to cross this woman! Granted, she pre-dates photographic smiles, being part of an era where a fixed expression was the best guard against a blurred image. However, you get the feeling that she doesn't do smiles. Smile or no smile, it's a grand image: a fine example of the photographers' art from 130 years or so ago. It comes from the German studio of Emil Buhler who was active as a studio photographer in the last two decades of the nineteenth century.

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