4470Lecture_3Pt.2

4470Lecture_3Pt.2 - Andr-Adolphe Disdri, Portrait of an...

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André-Adolphe Disdéri, Portrait of an Unidentified Woman , ca. 1860-1865, uncut albumen print from a carte-de-visite negative With the technology thus in place, photography became a financially viable enterprise with numerous commercial studios establishing themselves in Europe’s great metropolitan centers One of the most successful tycoons of the new photography industry was Disdéri, who, at the height of his success, operated studios in Paris, London, and Madrid Disdéri recognized the commercial potential of photography from very early on, and developed a new product that became a fashion fad with upper-class society: the carte-de-visite portrait, which he had patented in 1854
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André-Adolphe Disdéri, Portrait of a Ballerina , ca. 1860, uncut albumen print from a carte-de-visite negative Disdéri used a multiple-lense camera that took simultaneously several photographs on a single plate One major advantage of this type of portrait photography was that it was cheap: FF 20 for a dozen identical photographs (compared to FF 100 for single photograph previously) Even Napoleon III had a picture of him taken by Disdéri and subsequently appointed him court photographer Disdéri’s approach to photography was supported by the political establishment during the Second Empire; artists and intellectuals disliked his commercialism and went instead to the liberal and republican-minded competitor, Nadar
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