Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884) was an important early French photographer. Trained as a painter by some prominent artists, he switched to the medium of photography in the 1840s (today we'd call him an "early adopter"). He became in time the official photographer to Emperor Napoleon III.
Much of his work consisted of landscapes and seascapes; he also did portraits.
Boats leaving the port of Le Havre, 1856
Brig on the Water
Céline Cerf, muse of fifteen and a half years, 1848
Chateau de Fontainebleau reflecting in the water
Entrance to the port of Brest, 1858
Giuseppe Garibaldi, Palermo, 1860
[he is considered the father of united Italy
(this is not the Garibaldi who was the security chief on Babylon 5!)]
Group by the Millpond at Petit-Mourmelon, 1857
Jacques Cœur’s palace, Dauphiné
La Reine Hortense - Yacht of Emperor Napoléon III, Le Havre, 1856
Large Wave, Mediterranean Sea
Margaret Palace, fiancée mourning, 1848