I am curious as to how, in earlier days (before the advent of Internet), photos were showcased to large audience when someone was in the learning path of photography?
Nowadays you take a picture and you have an option to post it to several forums- facebook, flickr, 500px and lot more. You get critiques and one can try to learn from them.
How were things done before these things came into existence? I am here interested in people who were new to photography and in the learning stage (Not a journalist or an already a famous photographer). Even those who became famous, how did they bring their photos to the public and how did they got noticed? Competitions perhaps? Or was there no scope for hobbyist photographers to show their photos in public?
I would love to hear, if someone can share the experience who has travelled this journey.
Currently, what is the trend? How do people showcase their work? Websites, portfolios?