Imprimerie photographique de Blanquart-Évrard, à Lille (French, active 1851–55)
Salted paper print (Blanquart-Évrard process) from paper negative
15.9 x 23 cm (6 1/4 x 9 1/16 in.)
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1946
Not on view
Simultaneously with Daguerre's invention, the Englishman William Henry Fox Talbot devised a negative/positive photographic process that allowed for multiple prints of a single image--the procedural basis of nearly all photography until quite recently. This anonymous port scene is part of a portfolio published in 1853 by Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard whose Imprimerie Photographique was the first successful photographic printing firm in France. The company printed the negatives of many British, French, and Belgian artists and refined the salted paper print process by producing a chemically more stable photograph.