Maxime Du Camp and Travel Photography

IMPERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY Maxime Du Camp (1822-1894)  The Camera’s Vision Photography inherited the conventions of painting and these conventions are artificially organized into hierarchies that emphasize contents according to the subject matter. Other objects are...

Roger Fenton: Photographing Crimean War

ROGER FENTON IN THE CRIMEA The Beginnings of War Photography The Crimean War It would be interesting to create a history out of the importance of maps and the stories they tell. Take the map of Russia for example. The nation is huge but it is locked between the Arctic...

Roger Fenton and the Victorian Era

PHOTOGRAPHY IN THE VICTORIAN ERA Roger Fenton (1819-1869) Royal Patronage and Photography By the middle of the nineteenth century, the dominate power in the world was Great Britain, a pair of small islands off the coast of continental Europe. Thanks to its powerful...

Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) Part Two

PHOTOGRAPHING WATER AND SKY  Jean-Baptiste-Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) Whether he wanted to be or not, Gustave Le Gray was a child of his time, deeply engaged in creating a national heritage for France through his photographic practice. After the French Revolution,...

Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) Part One

PHOTOGRAPHING THE FOREST OF FONTAINEBLEAU Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) “Watch the horizon, watch the horizon. . . that’s Le Gray.” Sam Wagstaff, 1987 Gustave Le Gray lived what is called a “slipping down life.” At the beginning of his...

Mission Héliographique, Part Two

PRESERVING THE PAST  Mission Héliographique: The Project Part Two The invention and development of photography straddled a transition period in both French and English art. The fact that photography was developed in the gap between a declining Romanticism and a rising...

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