Young boy with football

A cousin of the Johnstons, who lived in Liverpool, shot in a Photographer’s Studio.

The period between the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries saw an increase in photographs of children, particularly within the emerging middle and upper classes. Children had formerly been the subject of photographs mainly within larger family group shots. As photography became more affordable and attitudes towards children began to change, a new kind of portrait – the newborn, toddler, or young adult, often posing semi-formally in studio – can be seen. This is the beginning of the family album as we recognise it now.