1890s’ Oslo Captured In Secret Photographs Through Hidden Cameras
1890s’ Oslo captured in secret photographs through hidden cameras offers us a real glimpse into the past of Norway’s capital city. We don’t have that much photo or video footage from the 1800’s and this is why every little thing that can take us back in time makes us want to look into the subject even more.
Remember, we’re speaking of a time where photography was still at its very beginnings. Most people have never even seen a camera, or even a photograph. Not to mention a hidden camera, of course.
During the 1890’s, Norwegian student and curious photographer Carl Størmer was already ahead of the game. Carl Størmer (1874-1957) was studying mathematics in Oslo when he first decided to buy a hidden camera.
The hidden camera with which he captured these secret photographs of Oslo was so small it could fit through the buttonhole in his vest. Yes, vest. Everybody seemed a lot classier back in the day. People actually dressed up and were hats just to go outside. Imagine that…
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In Carl Størmer’s biography, the photographer admits that he picked up photography because he had a secret crush.
“When he was a young man at Oslo University he fell in love with a lady whom he did not know and with whom he was too bashful to become acquainted,” writes his biographer. “Wishing at least to have a picture of her, he decided that this was possible only by taking a photograph of her himself, without her knowing.”
The love affair didn’t amount to anything, but the young Norwegian photographer kept on capturing people and street scenes on Karl Johansgate, Oslo’s main boulevard. His collection encapsulates almost 500 secret photographs which most of the people being featured had no idea about.
This actually makes photos all the more exciting, because people are captured in their natural state, making them act and look normal.