I wonder whether anyone has studied this. I think that a history of the smile in America could be fascinating. How did the smile come to be over-rated? When was the tipping point? Et cetera.
"History of the Smile in America" would indeed be a fascinating study. My guess is that the smiling photo evolved in the 30's and was locked in (think frozen grin) by the 40's. I'd also guess that the Europeans didn't follow until the 60's. Our influence around the world is so great that we have actually affected the way 6 billion people want their faces recorded! Compared to that, the spread of English and the use of the dollar as currency are small potatoes.In any case, I'm grateful to Ken for helping me feel comfortable being photographed just the way I happen to be at the moment. Without the specially requested face (and its associated frame of mind2).