More than 52 million photos are uploaded to Instagram each day. Many of them are routine — baby pics, cats and dogs playing poker, selfies of people who are desperate for “likes” and attention. And then there are those photos that are real head-turners. Pics that either someone took in hopes of getting people to laugh or pics that people took in hopes of gaining praise but instead found ridicule. To both parties we say, “Thank you!” Seriously, our feeds have been overrun with baby pics — sorry, your kids are cute and all (kind of) but we’re not all that interested in watching them vomit up Cheerios — so to have these bits of comic relief make our travels on the internet more pleasant.
The invention of the daguerreotype in 1839 made portraiture much more commonplace, as many of those who were unable to afford the commission of a painted portrait could afford to sit for a photography session. This cheaper and quicker method also provided the middle class with a means for memorializing loved ones who had passed on.