Louis-Pierre-Théophile Dubois de Nehaut (French, active Belgium, 1799–1872)
Salted paper print from glass negative
Image: 16.6 x 21.4 cm (6 9/16 x 8 7/16 in.)
Sheet: 13 3/8 × 18 1/8 in. (34 × 46 cm)
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005
Not on view
Dubois de Nehaut had a particular fondness for railway stations, photographing them throughout Belgium and France. This image is an unprecedented attempt to capture movement for its own sake. The blurred outlines of the passing wagons are not to be construed as a technical flaw; rather, they are a novel expression of motion, here contrasted with the surrealistic stillness of the surrounding scene. A handwritten note on the mount states that the photograph was in fact taken by Pierre-Jean Maertens, Dubois de Nehaut's servant and photographic assistant. The photographer himself stands, hatless, on the right, conversing with the stationmaster, M. Carion, and an unidentified captain.
Inscription: Inscribed in pencil on album page, recto BC: "Promenade à Maline 1854 // pendant que le photographe cause avec le chef de station // Monsieur Carion et le capitaine *** // Maître Jean croque son maître spontanément"
[Tristan Schwilden]; Gilman Paper Company Collection, New York, June 2, 1989