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Photography in France, 1847–1860

Between the first French publication on the paper negative in 1847 and more-streamlined mechanical advancements in the 1860s, dynamic debates were waged in France regarding photography’s prospects in the divergent fields of art and science. At the same time, novelists and painters were bringing everyday subjects – rather than idealised, academic themes – to the forefront of the artistic imagination, forging a new art for this era of social, economic, and political change. Organised around the Getty Museum’s holdings and supplemented with important international loans, this exhibition highlights the work of four photographers who were integral to the development of paper photography: Édouard Baldus, Gustave Le Gray, Henri Le Secq, and Charles Nègre.

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Amphitheater, Nîmes

Amphitheater, Nîmes (1850s), Édouard Baldus. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

The Sun at Its Zenith, Normandy

The Sun at Its Zenith, Normandy (1856), Gustave Le Gray. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Draped Model

Draped Model (c. 1854), Jean–Louis–Marie–Eugène Durieu, possibly with Eugène Delacroix. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

Cloister of Saint-Trophime, Arles

Cloister of Saint-Trophime, Arles (c. 1861), Édouard Baldus. The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles

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