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    I’m pretty sure this one wasn’t taken in a studio.Distant cousin around 1900


    A formal wedding pic of another cousin and her husband

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    A gr grandfather and gr grand mother.


    A picture of a shooting club I found in a box of my grandpa`s stuff

    My parents on their wedding day
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    My point was everyone staged photos back in the day. The earlier the photo the more so, it didn't make a differnce if it was a studio shot or the best photographers working out doors.

    Photographs were a treasured piece of the family's history, folks wanted to make them "right", often showing the best of what they had.






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    They pretty much had to be staged or posed due to the size of the cameras and the slow films of the time. Any movement equalled blurry photos.
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    The OP is asking about too broad a time period. "Old West Photos" could have been from 1855 to 1910. That transcends the Daguerreotype, Wetplate, Dryplate, and Film mediums. It transcends wars, frontier tent camps, then small mining camps, then boom towns. It transcends itinerant wetplate photographers who took wagons or mules into the field, to studios that had props. The question cannot be answered, because every photo is different. It's like asking if every photo of someone sitting on an automobile was "their car."

    In general, most indoor shots from the earliest photography til about 1875 were studio shots, or itenerant photographers, who set up a temporary studio, like in Civil War camps. Any outdoor shot is more likely to be unstaged, and is rare on wetplate or dag.
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    Most photographers sometimes staged scenes or added props, from Gardner on battlefields to Curtis in Indian Camps. It's really hard to know.

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    We’re getting too lost in generalities here. Of course the technical limitations dictated what photographers could or couldn’t do.

    But the posed photo with Old West accoutrements and guns, frequently overdone, was a distinct genre of portrait photography, and while we see some from gold rush days, its heyday coincides with the “popularization” of the West in the later 19th century, through the “dime novel westerns” and most famously Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.

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    I agree. Most old west period photos were done in studios. Maybe the studio in St Louis handed out prop guns. Probably the frontier studio in NM at Fort Sumner did not. So the Billy the Kid tintype was probably his guns and clothing, but many other shots from big studios probably added some items at times. Lots of "probables" Again....it's hard to know.

    An example of "probably his guns"



    An example of "uncertain ownership".



    An example of "definitely their own clothes"

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    Bottom photo appears to be Geronimo. Lots more period photos here.


    https://www.firstpeople.us/photograp...arch-1886.html

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    Not staged for sure are the photos of the aftermath of the battle of Wounded Knee. I find them to gruesome to post here. But who's interested may look them up.


 
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