Art/ Collection/ Art Object

[The Photographer]

Artist:
Unknown (French)
Date:
1850s
Medium:
Salted paper print from glass negative
Dimensions:
16.3 x 11.8 cm. (6 7/16 x 4 5/8 in.)
Classification:
Photographs
Credit Line:
Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.308
Not on view
Little is known about this studio portrait except that it was discovered in Aix-en-Provence. The subject, seen with the lens board of a working stand camera, is likely the owner of the studio.

Although it appears that the subject has photographed himself in front of a mirror, his "camera" consists of only a tripod and lens board. The exposure was actually made with a camera positioned opposite the sitter.
Serge Kakou; Charles Isaacs

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 48".

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Johnson Gallery, Selections from the Collection 13," June 2, 1996–September 9, 1996.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Beyond the Edges: An Insider's Look at Early Photographs," October 9, 1998–February 14, 1999.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Photography: Processes, Preservation, and Conservation," January 30, 2001–May 6, 2001.

Said by Serge Kakou (a dealer specializing in nineteenth-century photography from the south of France) to have been made in Aix-en-Provence.
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