André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri French
Not on view
Disdéri popularized the system by which eight exposures could be made on one glass negative, printed in a single operation, and then cut and glued to visiting-card-size mounts. By the late 1850s, collecting and exchanging such cartes-de-visite was immensely popular. Although millions of these portraits were produced, this uncut sheet from Disdéri's archive is a rare illustration of the eight-in-one technique, of Second Empire posing, and of the public and private roles of the carte-de-visite. For his series of cartes, Prince Lobkowitz first posed surrounded by studio props in top hat and frock coat, then, in the eighth frame, against a plain backdrop in less formal attire.