An instantaneous view was one taken with a short exposure
and so showing individual figures in the scene, rather than the empty
streets captured by longer exposures where none of the subjects stays
still for long enough to have their images captured on film.
GW Wilson was not satisfied with the image taken in 1859 so did not publish
it. He returned to take more photographs from the same location in 1860.
photograph is taken from the same position. Please
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