In the beginning, the
unwieldy nature of photography gave rise to the opening of
photography studios. It was very difficult for individuals to take
pictures on their own, and few did. If you wanted a daguerreotype,
ambrotype, tintype, carte de visite, cabinet card or formal portrait
made you went to a professional photographer in a studio. It was
only by the beginning of the twentieth century that advances in technology
made it possible for everyman to easily take a photograph:
"You press the button and we do the rest."
However, photography studios never ceased to exist albeit in smaller
admire the pictures of some 20th Century studio photographers,
i.e. Mike Disfarmer, and James Van Der Zee are two examples. The
large body of work by many other such photographers has, for the
most part, been lost .