[View of the Seine, Paris]

Gustave Le Gray French

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Le Gray was the central figure in French photography of the 1850s—an artist of the first order, a teacher, and the author of several widely distributed instructional manuals. Born in the outskirts of Paris the only child of a haberdasher, Le Gray studied painting in the studio of Paul Delaroche and made his first daguerreotypes by 1847. His real contributions, however, came in the realm of paper photography. Le Gray produced some of his most popular and memorable works in 1856, 1857, and 1858, including views of Fontainebleau Forest, a series of dramatic seascapes, and Paris itself.

[View of the Seine, Paris], Gustave Le Gray (French, 1820–1884), Albumen silver print from glass negative

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