Édouard Baldus (c. 1813–c. 1882), a central figure in the early development of French photography and acknowledged in his day as a pioneer in the still experimental field, was widely acclaimed both for his aesthetic sensitivity and for his technical prowess. Establishing a new mode of representing architecture and describing the emerging modern landscape with magnificent authority, he enjoyed high patronage in the 1850s and 1860s.
This publication, the first to chronicle the life and career of this key figure in the history of architectural representation, offers multiple insights into the conditions of Second Empire France and into photography in its first large-scale applications.
Text by Malcolm Daniel, with an essay by Barry Bergdoll.
Hardcover or softcover, 293 pages. Published in English and in French.