Leeds Photographic Portrait Gallery, 1842

Commercial photography was only introduced to England in 1841 but arrived in Leeds the following year and these adverts are for the Photographic Portrait Gallery 1842-44.  Photography was dependant upon sunlight; the better the light, the shorter the exposure which meant that there was less chance of the person moving, becoming a blur in the final photograph. The camera flash did not exist in the 1840s. This was a state-of-the-art glazed rooftop studio, making the most of the available daylight in a town where tall town centre buildings blocked out the light to the lower floors.