London: Basil Montagu Pickering [Printed by Ranken and Company, Drury House.], 1868.
First edition, "Reprinted from 'The Scientific Review." Mounted frontispiece portrait of Claudet "Obtained with his Focus-Equalizer. Printed from the only negative preserved." 32 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Pioneering Commercial Photographer. Crimson cloth spine and green printed wrappers. Early pencilled marginalia, some minor marginal stains. In crimson cloth slipcase and chemise. Item #228497
A vital memoir of the photographic pioneer and innovator, Antoine Francois Jean Claudet (1797-1867), frequently called the first commercial photographer. Claudet, after learning about the daguerreotype process from Louis Daguerre (1787-1851) in Paris, moved to London and set up a daguerreotype portrait studio in 1841, directly competing with Richard Beard (c 1801-c 1888). After much rivalry, Claudet became the more successful of the two and was appointed the official photographer to Queen Victoria. Claudet invented the red darkroom light, discovered a way to reduce exposure time for daguerreotypes, and was the first to use painted backgrounds and props in photographs
The memoir gives a complete sketch of Claudet's career and achievements, with a final Appendix listing his scientific papers.
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