Photo girl

The young swimmer in Telemachus tells Mulligan that their mutual friend Alec Bannon has written him a postcard which mentions that he has met a “Photo girl” in Westmeath, and Mulligan takes the young woman's employment as an occasion for ribald joking: “Snapshot, eh? Brief exposure.” It will turn out that the girl is Bloom's daughter Milly, and that she merely works in a photographer's shop. But there were multiple reasons at the turn of the century to associate the relatively new art of photography with sexually alluring young women.

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French poster of Kodak Girl on beach, date unknown. Source:


French postcard from the 1880s showing man (superior position, eyes abject) violating woman (inferior position, eyes direct). Source: Wikimedia Commons.