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Gustave Le Gray

(Villiers-le-Bel, France, August 30, 1820 - July 30, 1884, Cairo, Egypt)

Carrousel du Louvre, 1859
Vintage albumen print on paper
14 3/4 x 18 3/4 in. (37.47 x 47.63 cm)

Creation Place: Europe, French
Technique: Photography
Credit Line: Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg
Accession Number: P2014.29.8

Artist's red blindstamp on recto; mounted

Gustave Le Gray is the most the important 19th-century French photographer. Camera chemistry in Le Gray's time would not capture the sky. Le Grey was composite printing so well that no one figured out that his prints were made from two separate negatives. He had a group of negatives of favorite clouds. It is atmospheric because it is only possible to get detail on one negative or the other.

Printed from a collodion negative.

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