The occupation of young women of leisure was primarily to prove themselves worthy wives, which included accomplishment at the (approved) fine arts. But hold the judgement; these Victorian women weren’t nearly as stuffy, bored or boring as you might think. Harnessing a popular new trend, they applied a creative, modern (before there was such a thing) approach to the traditional arts of drawing and painting.
For every glossy copy of National Geographic magazine you’ve paged through, there are hundreds of photos that you haven’t seen, photographs that didn’t make the final cut, but did make it into a massive underground vault.
Jeffrey Brown visits National Geographic’s vault of more than 11.5 million images spanning more than a century of photography and illustration. Continue reading