History of Photography

Introduction History of Photography (Encyclopaedia Britannica)

A World History of Photography (by Naomi Rosenblum)

The Story Behind the Pictures 1827-1991 (by Hans-Michael Koetzle)

Photographers' Dictionary
(based on "20th Century Photography - Museum Ludwig Cologne")



Photographers' Dictionary

(based on "20th Century Photography-Museum Ludwig Cologne")



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Andre Adolphe Eugene Disderi.

Dead Communards, 1871


Andre Adolphe Eugene Disderi

(French Photographer, 1819-1889)

Born 1819 in Paris. First dedicates himself to painting and theatre. 1847 turns to photography. Initially active in Marseille, Brest, Nimes. 1854 sets up a studio in Paris. In the same year files a patent for a fast and reasonably priced form of portrait (known as carte de visits). 1855 founding of the Societedu Palais de Industrie. 1860-62 portraits of prominent contemporaries for a Calerie des contemporams. Branches in Nice, Madrid and London. 1871 takes photos during the Commune. 1877 sells his business. Moves to Nice 1889 returns to Paris. 1889 dies in the Paris Hopital Sante-Anne, deaf, blind and totally impoverished.


Communards in Their Coffins, circa 1871

Shot Communards, Gernsheim Collection, The University of Texas at Austin

This picture from 1871; is also attributed to Disderi.


Uncut print from a carte-de-visite negative by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, c. 1860;
in the George Eastman House Collection, Rochester, New York.



Mr. Laurence and Son Vaccarino


The Richie children, 1862


The De Montal Boy with a Rifle


Mademoiselle d'Espinassy


Young Girl and Toys


Armor and Weapons


Man Sitting in a Gazebo


Portrait of Mery Laurent


Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux


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