The Oriental Commercial Bureau Port Said, Port Said, La Rue Prince Farouk

Postcard, 1936

Below: NPG (ed.), 1900s, Firenze. Via Calzaioli.

Realphoto postcard, gelatin silver print

A branch of Anderson‘s photoshop with photographs on display in the windows.

Advertisement of Diezel & Langer, a Vienna depot for photographs and maps.

Anonymous, 1885, the ”Kapuzinergruft“ in Vienna.

Albumen print

Blindstamped by optician Isidor Hatschek who ran a shop in Vienna from the 1880s onwards. Among other merchandise—such as artificial eyes—photographs were for sale at his shop.

Christian König, 1860s, Nuremberg.

Albumen print CDV

Behind the fountain is the facade of the Librairie d‘objets d‘art H. Schrag visible. 

This CDV could have been purchased there.

DISTRIBUTION  in 19th & 20th century photography

Photographs were sold in a variety of places in the 19th century, including bookstores, stationary stores, art galleries, and photography studios. They were also sold at exhibitions, fairs, and trade shows.

Photographers also sold their images to publishers who used them as illustrations in books. Many of these illustrations were produced using a combination of photography and engraving, which allowed them to be printed in high quality. Finally, the invention of the halftone process in the 1880s allowed photographs to be reproduced more cheaply and easily, which opened up new opportunities for photographers to market their work. This process enabled newspapers and magazines to reproduce photographs on a much larger scale, and also allowed photographers to sell their images to a larger audience