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Carrick, William, and others.
A COLLECTION OF SIXTY-SIX PHOTOGRAPHS, 1860S-1870S
including studies of people in traditional Russian dress and images of the Winter Palace and Kazan Cathedral, St Petersburg, Albumen Prints (various sizes from 90 x 60mm. to 210 x 270mm.), many captioned in pencil on the reverse, several small figure studies numbered lower right
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Catalogue Note

William Carrick opened his photographic studio in St Petersburg in Autumn 1859 at a time when professional photography was a relatively new phenomenon in the city. Despite this, the competition for portrait photography was already strong and Carrick felt compelled to offer something 'new' to his customers (chiefly tourists). He therefore conceived of the idea of "Rasnoshchiki [Russian Types]" and his aim was to give a visual account of the rich and varied life that surrounded him. There was no derogatory intent in the designation 'type': Carrick's portraits aimed to evoke admiration and sympathy, depicting the peasant as strong, resilient and proud.

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