Palace Algeria

A work made of waxed paper negative.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of waxed paper negative.

Date:

1859

Artist:

Gustave de Beaucorps
French, 1825–1906

About this artwork

A talented amateur with an aristocratic upbringing, Gustave de Beaucorps began photographing his extensive travels in the mid-1850s. His studies of the architecture, landscapes, and people of Algeria—which France had invaded in 1830—tapped into a public fascination with Orientalist depictions of the Middle East and North Africa. De Beaucorps employed paper negatives, then the preferred technology for photographing architecture. Because enlarging was not yet practicable (prints were made by contact with the negative in direct sunlight), photographer-voyagers required cameras as large as the pictures they wished to make. Although this paper negative does not represent the image’s final presentation, it reveals the intricate patterning of Moorish architecture in reverse. A member of the French Photographic Society, de Beaucorps exhibited his prints of Algeria in Paris in 1859, 1861, and 1869.

On View

Photography, Gallery 10

Artist

Gustave de Beaucorps

Title

Palace Algeria

Origin

France

Date

1859

Medium

Waxed paper negative

Dimensions

28.2 × 38.6 cm (image); 28.9 × 39.1 cm (paper)

Credit Line

The Mary and Leigh Block Endowment Fund

Reference Number

2000.63

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