Degas’s images often resemble snapshots, but works such as The Rehearsal (1874) were painted before cameras could take instant photographs
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Think what it took to take a photograph in 1890. Imagine a big, cumbersome camera, and then all the necessary paraphernalia: the tripod, the heavy plates, the chemicals, the black shroud. Then, too, the difficulty of getting the light right, and the necessity of making one’s subject—a ballet dancer,…
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