I suppose in 1910 photographers sought the ultimate lens and camera just as they do today, and photography has become a long way.
Yet when you look at Harry Pollards photos of First Nations people I believe they stand up very well when compared to modern portraits.
No editing software then, no lights, flash, or light meters to carry around – no talk of “plastic fantastics” or a ‘king of bokeh”.
The equipment was much more cumbersome and photography was noticeably more susceptible to the elements and all the variables.
Different , I have a great respect for photographers like Pollard and Edward Curtis, for their ability, and the fact that they preserved moments in time when our people were closer to the land and the belief systems that made us who we are.