Small DSLR’s, Micro 4/3 cameras and the invention of the smartphone has made it easier for photographers to get that important shot. Back in the day, things were different as these photos of working photographers show.
Photographers – Polo Grounds(1914)
Diver and photographer at Cypress Gardens: Winter Haven, Florida(1963)
Beach photographer taking pictures of mother, children and a dog. The Netherlands, about 1930.
Portrait of Percy Lewis taken by William R. Bland, who was an amateur pictorial photographer who worked as a banker throughout his life. He took up photography aged 40 and became an active part of the local photography community.
Richard and Cherry Kearton introduced the ‘hide’ method of bird-watching and photography. Cherry stands on Richard’s shoulders to take a picture. The brothers were pioneers of wildlife photography, producing their book ‘With Nature and a Camera’ illustrated with a 160 photographs in 1899.
For many years, street photographers were a common sight. With their portable darkrooms they could produce cheap while-you-wait portraits in a few minutes. The popular name for such photographers was ‘smudgers’.(1930)
All photos are part of the Flickr Commons Collection of various agencies including the Library of Congress, the U.S National Archives, State Library and Archives of Florida, Nationaal Archief, and the National Media Museum.