Real/Ideal : Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France - Museum Bookstore

Real/Ideal : Photography in Mid-Nineteenth-Century France

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'A rare look at a forgotten photographic process' - WSJ

Gustave Le Gray, Mollien Pavilion, the Louvre, 1859 Real/Ideal

Real/Ideal explores the early history of photography at a moment when French photographers were making enormous strides in developing the medium’s technical and aesthetic possibilities. 

The essays in this elegant volume investigate the early history of the medium and highlights the work of four pioneering photographers—Édouard Baldus (1813‑1889), Gustave Le Gray (1820-1884), Henri Le Secq (1818-1882), and Charles Nègre (French, 1820-1880)—alongside other artists who championed the paper and glass negative and contended with photography’s unprecedented 'realism'

Real/Ideal explores photography's status as either (or both) fine art or industrial product, its repertoire of subject matter, its ideological functions, and even the ever-experimental photographic process itself.

This book is published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same name on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center from August 30 through November 27, 2016.

  • Author: Karen Hellman
  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Date published: September 2016
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1606065105
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 24.8 cm