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Photographer of Modern Life: Camille Silvy

Mark Haworth-Booth
Item #: D73830
Format: Cloth
Pages/Publication Date: 160 / 2010
Publisher: Getty Museum
ISBN: 9781606060254
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The invention of photography was a world-changing scientific breakthrough, but it was also a momentous time for art, and Frenchman Camille Silvy (1834–1910) made his mark in both of these fields with his thoughtfully composed images and his experiments with the mass production of photographs. Examining the career of this somewhat forgotten pioneer, this monograph features 100 duotone reproductions that showcase Silvy's rather modern approach to portraiture, as he captures royals and actors, governesses and urchins with equal aplomb. Equally comfortable outside the studio, Silvy is also represented here by street scenes from Algeria and England, as well as exquisite landscapes from his native France.

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