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    Carl Størmer - Man Who Shot Spy Camera Street Photos in the 1890s

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    Carl Størmer, more precisely Fredrik Carl Mülertz Størmer, was born on September 3, 1874 and is called the first Norwegian paparazzo thanks to his extraordinary, as for the end of the nineteenth century, passion for photographing famous people in Oslo from hiding.

    In order to do that he used a spy camera, which had a round, flat shape and could be hidden under a coat. A rope attached to the trousers’ pocket was used for shutter release. The camera could take 6 photographs.

    When he was 19, Størmer took around 500 photographs which perfectly document the life of the most prestigious Oslo street and its residents. His works were exhibited after 51 years, on his seventieth birthday.

    Despite the fact that Carl had quite an interesting hobby as for these times, he decided to pursue career in mathematics and astrophysics.

    It is worth noting that in those times people didn’t smile to the camera, and since the photographs were taken from hiding they show a rather natural expression during the meeting with a stranger.

     

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    13). Carl Størmer's Street Photography

    via PetaPixel.com


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