Say 'Prunes', Not 'Cheese': The History of Smiling in
Michael Zhang “Say cheese.” It’s an expression that has become so much a part of our culture that everyone understands it to simply mean, “Smile,” rather than a command to actually utter the.
The Origin of “Say Cheese” and When People Started Smiling in
Nobody knows, but soon after, saying cheese became a common phrase for people to utter when trying to get people to smile in photographs. You wouldn’t have had to worry so much about this cheesiness in the Victorian era (1837-1901). During this period, etiquette and beauty standards were much different than they are today.
From “Prunes” to “Cheese”
George Eastman By promoting cameras and their photos as a means of expressing happiness, Eastman Kodak effectively kicked the pressure-laden portrait into the long grass. The focus was on family fun rather than pomposity. Cheese took the place of prunes. There was a knock on effect from Kodak’s campaigning.
Why People Said 'Prunes' Instead Of 'Cheese' While Taking
Historian Christina Kotchemidova expounded on that thought by writing that grinning or smiling was associated with “peasants, drunkards, children, and halfwits, suggesting low class or some other deficiency,” which explains the serious expressions seen in early photographs.
People smiling in photos eventually spread to portraits. Researchers found that after WW2 people started smiling in their school yearbook photos. I recently asked someone from Haiti what they say there when they want someone to smile for a pic. She said they don’t smile for photos in Haiti so they don’t have an expression like “cheese.
Why Do We Say “Cheese” When We're Having Our Photo Taken?
We’re not sure when or where a photographer first asked his or her subjects to state the name of the delicious dairy product, but we do know that when you say “cheese,” the corners of your.
Why Victorian Photographers Had Subjects Say 'Prunes'
Before people were saying “cheese” to smile for cameras, early photographers chose a much different type of food for subjects to say.
Why We Say “Cheese” When Taking Pictures
No matter the original reason for these serious-looking photos, the trend didn’t last for long. The invention of Kodak’s $1 camera in the 1900s, along with the rise of the Hollywood movie.
This article possibly contains original research. (May 2008) “Say ‘cheese’ ” is an English-language instruction used by photographers who want their subject or subjects to smile. By saying “cheese”, most people form their mouths into what appears to be a smile-like shape.
Do You Know Why We Say “Cheese!” Before Taking a Photo?
Photo Credit: Pixabay. It’s a fact that when you say ‘cheese!’ the corners of your mouth turn up, your cheeks lift, and your teeth show – like a smile! Except not really, but for a photograph the difference is negligible. And while we’re not exactly sure who the first photographer was to realize this and instruct his or her subjects.