Auguste Salzmann (French, 1824–1872)
Salted paper print from paper negative; 9 1/2 x 12 13/16 in. (23.2 x 32.5 cm)
Gilman Collection, Gift of The Howard Gilman Foundation, 2005 (2005.100.373.86)
Active first as a painter, Auguste Salzmann received a mandate from the Ministry of Public Instruction to photograph&emdash;and thus authenticate&emdash;the principal religious sites of Jerusalem. His 174 calotypes, published with text in 1856, capture not just the appearance, but something of the sacrality of monuments like the Holy Sepulcher.