Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Gustave Le Gray

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. 

 Alpine village

 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

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