SMILE FOR THE CAM­ERA

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In some cases, a sub­ject would smile on pur­pose for their pic­ture. The ob­vi­ous ex­am­ple would be for co­me­di­ans or comedic ac­tors, to show them in char­ac­ter for a pub­lic­ity im­age. Here, we see the mu­sic hall en­ter­tainer Dan Leno smil­ing for the cam­era in 1899, un­der­stand­ably, as he is in char­ac­ter as a pan­tomime dame – Dame Trot in Jack and the Beanstalk. The pic­ture clearly shows his po­ten­tial au­di­ence what they can ex­pect from his role. There are sev­eral sur­viv­ing images of both Leno and other per­form­ers putting on smiles – whether nat­u­ral or ex­ag­ger­ated – for their pub­lic­ity pho­tos.

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