Paul Marie Louis Pierre Richer (French, 1849–1933)
Albumen silver print
Image: 14.9 x 9.6 cm (5 7/8 x 3 3/4 in.)
Mount: 14.9 x 9.9 cm (5 7/8 x 3 7/8 in.)
Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro, 2012
Not on view
Author of a treatise on the importance of the camera in medical practice, Albert Londe declared, "the photographic plate is the scientist’s true retina." In collaboration with a laboratory director and professor of anatomy at the École des Beaux-Arts, Londe found that photographs intended for physiological analysis could also serve artistic applications. Their careful portraits of athletes—whether taken with stop-action cameras specially designed by Londe or in static poses such as the example here—were used in scientific texts on musculature and became templates for illustrations to aid artists in rendering ideally proportioned figures.
Inscription: Pencil marking on print, recto C, along subject's spine.
[...]; (Piasa, France, November 19, 2010, lot 76); Charles Isaacs
The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Naked before the Camera," March 27, 2012–September 9, 2012.
Richer, Paul Marie Louis Pierre. Physiologie Artistique de l'Homme en Mouvement. Paris, 1895. p. 185, fig. 49.