Re: Question about “17th century” photographs #photographs

Paula J. Freedman

Thank you, Ava and all who responded publicly or privately. Several people made the point that some realistic paintings can be confused for photos. It’ a good reminder in general. In the specific cases I’m talking about however, the photos show people with typical early 20th century clothes and hairstyles, and the lighting is consistent with photography. 

It’s been made clear to me that the person who originally posted these pictures only intended them to be representative of how these ancestors may have looked. I’ve now seen a video of him saying as much. That answers my question, so I’m inclined to drop the subject. 

Thanks again to this community. 

Paula J. Freedman
New York, NY

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