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Frances and Mary Allen were leaders in the field of art photography. Their photos were different from the formal studio portraits of the period because they often used the camera to invite the viewer into a carefully created scene or story. In this case, the sisters set up what they thought was a common nineteenth century scene when they dressed these women in 1860s-era clothing and posed them exchanging "confidences" in the doorway of a Deerfield, Massachusetts, home.