The Invisible Mother

I came across the site Retronaut  this morning, courtesy of Remodelista.  It’s an amazing site…………… and came across the following.

Completely enthralled by the concept of the Victorian practice of the “invisible mother”  I realise it was set up this way so that the babies and children were able to be supported through the long exposure times.  HOwever I couldn’t help thinking of the mother, it’s just bizarre to be there so obviously, but “hidden” under a cloth.  What is this saying about how the photographer, most likely male, is seeing the role of a woman in Victorian society?  Seems like it didn’t count for much…………….

The Invisible Mother | Retronaut.