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    The first professional architectural photographer?

    Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

    http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/ex.../marville.html

    The pictures are amazing. Classic architectural photography, done in the mid 1800s on.

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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    I always considered Frances Frith as the father of AP but this guy is about the same time-mid 50s.
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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    Eugène Atget photographed quite a bit of architecture during his lifetime, whether or not he was considered(then or now) a "professional"...

    http://onlinebrowsing.blogspot.com.a...hitecture.html

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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    Julius Shulman was probably one of the earliest "modern"(artistically minded, not just straight documentarian) architectural photographers that I can think of too:

    http://www.stahlhouse.com/?option=co...d=2&Itemid=113

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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Richards View Post
    Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

    http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/ex.../marville.html

    The pictures are amazing. Classic architectural photography, done in the mid 1800s on.
    Where are the pictures? I clicked links and looked around but didn't see any.

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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    Quote Originally Posted by AtlantaTerry View Post
    Where are the pictures? I clicked links and looked around but didn't see any.
    On the right side click on the + next to "Artist information" and then on "Marville, Charles" and finally "Works of Art" if it does not show immediatelly the first photographs.
    A direct link would be: http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Co...3&pageNumber=1
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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    OK, that direct link worked.

    Thank you.

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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    Hello from France

    As far as I remember, Charles Marville was hired to document Paris re-contruction work under the supervision of Baron Hausmann. This work took place in the 1860's. See the Wikipedia notice for chronology
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Charles_Marville
    Actually he also recorded old buildings that were soon to be destroyed. This was certainly not Hausmann's purpose when hiring Marville. At the time the ideas were to destroy and clean-up many old blocks to open new avenues, mainly around what is now the Palais Garnier (the opera house) and near the big department stores well-known to many visitors for shopping, Boulevard Hausmann, namely.

    Actually Marville was not the first French professional photographer working on assignment in France recording architecture shots.
    The Missions Héliographique
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mission...9liographiques
    took place earlier (1851 and subsequent years) and the assigment was to record many old buidings in France, including roman ruins, as a global and ambitious inventory.
    The name of those who worked for the French governement for the Mission(s) Héliographique were : Édouard Baldus, Hippolyte Bayard, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq and Auguste Mestral.
    The Misson Héliographique is considered as the first government assignement for professional photographers, and may be that in the USA in the 1930's when the US givernement commissioned professional photographers fo the famous FSA project
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farm_Se...graphy_program, may be the initiators of this famous program had in mind the Mission Héliographique of the 1850's.

    Bibliography:
    There is an excellent book with Marville pictures published by Hazan, but it is out of print and not easy to find
    Marville, Paris
    Edited by Marie de Thézy
    735 pages
    EAN13 : 9782850253744 ISBN :978-2-85025-374-4
    publisher: Hazan 1994

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    This one seems to be available at a very affordable price in the famous
    (ahem, at least famous among French photographers ) series "Photo
    Poche", but with a much smaller number of picture than the Hazan volume.

    Photographs by Charles Marville
    Foreword by Marie de Thézy
    144 pages
    EAN13 : 9782867541001 ISBN :978-2-86754-100-1
    Publisher : Actes sud 18/06/1999
    Collection: Photo poche. (#65)


    Regarding the Mission Héliographique, there is a superb book in French,
    La Mission héliographique - Cinq photographes parcourent la France en 1851
    Edited by Anne de Mondenard
    320 pages
    ISBN 978-2-85822-690-0
    Publisher: Éditions du patrimoine 2002


    The Metropolitan museum of Art had an exhibition on the subject:
    http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/heli/hd_heli.htm

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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    Thanks Emmanuel!

    There is a catalog of this exposition that is also affordable:

    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/022...=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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    Re: The first professional architectural photographer?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ed Richards View Post
    Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris

    http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/ex.../marville.html

    The pictures are amazing. Classic architectural photography, done in the mid 1800s on.
    As a Washington, DC resident, I am lucky to have been able to see the exhibit twice. There is a panoramic salt print that I cannot stop looking at!

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