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Charles Marville

Born: Paris, 18 July 1816
Died: Paris, 1 June 1879
Nationality: French

trained as painter, engraver, illustrator


little known about Marville until 1850s

1851 - appointed official photographer at the Louvre

1851-54 - publishes calotype photographs of churches and other sites with Blanquart-Evard

1858 - appointed Official Photographer of Paris; switches to wet-plate collodian process; begins photographing new construction in Paris

1866 - hired by city of Paris to document neighborhoods slated for demolition under Haussmannization; produces 425 images on mammoth (51 x 61 cm, 20 x 24 inches) plates


Italy, Germany, Algeria (before 1850)