The Photographs of Edouard Baldus

Malcolm Daniel, Author, Barry Bergdoll, Editor, Maria Morris Hambourg, Foreword by
Malcolm Daniel, Author, Barry Bergdoll, Editor, Maria Morris Hambourg, Foreword by ABRAMS $65 (0p) ISBN 978-0-8109-6487-7
Reviewed on: 07/31/2000
Release date: 08/01/2000
Hardcover - 293 pages - 978-0-87099-714-3
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Renowned in his lifetime yet virtually forgotten today, Baldus (1813-1889) established classic visual modes for the new medium of photography as he documented on paper negatives France's Roman antiquities; national memorials and architecture, including sections of the Louvre then under construction; countryside studies presaging Impressionist painting; and the development of the national railroad network. Daniel, a photography curator at New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art, shows how at the height of his career in Second Empire France, Baldus could sum up an architectural monument in a single, fully resolved image; 177 examples of his work are included in this collection, which will be of interest primarily to specialists. (Nov.)
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