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HomeContentsThemes > Imprimerie photographique Blanquart-Evrard


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651.01   Improving content on photographic techniques
651.02   Blanquart-Evrard process prints
651.03   Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard: reproductions of works of art
This theme includes example sections and will be revised and added to as we proceed. Suggestions for additions, improvements and the correction of factual errors are always appreciated.
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651.01   Process and product >  Improving content on photographic techniques 
We are seeking to expand the themes covering photographic techniques and processes. These sections will include:
  • Invention of the process
  • Any related patents
  • Trade literature
  • Contemporary advertisements and announcements of the innovation
  • A description of the process and its variants
  • Historical examples and details of where examples can be located in public collections
  • Contemporary examples by photographers using the exact process.
Conservation will not initially be included but may be in the future if required.
651.02   Process and product >  Blanquart-Evrard process prints 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
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651.03   Process and product >  Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard: reproductions of works of art 
About this photographer | Photographs by this photographer 
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Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard was a cloth merchant from Lille, France who took up the calotype process and in 1847 published a method for a negative/positive paper process.[1] He used this process to print and publish the works of other photographers. By 1851 taking advantage of his own innovations he was able to print two or three hundred prints a day from the same negative and this rapid production allowed the creation of salt paper prints that could be tipped-in[2] to books he published. Key books and albums of prints by John Beasly Greene, Charles Marville and Henri Le Secq were printed by Blanquart-Evrard. In 1856 with Thomas Sutton he founded the magazine Photographic Notes, a journal which continued for eleven years.
The ability to make large numbers of copies of works of art allowed institutions and students to obtain high quality and accurate reproductions for the first time. This created a mass market for art reproductions that Adolphe Braun[3] would later make a key part of his printing business. 

  1. Λ Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Évrard, 1847, Procédés employés pour obtenir les épreuves de photographie sur papier, présentés à l'Académie des sciences, (Paris: C. Chevalier) 
  2. Λ Tipped-in - ILAB: International League of Antiquarian Booksellers
    (Accessed: 7 November 2013)
    Attached to, but not integral to the binding of the book. We usually use this term to indicate something that has been added: a letter from the author, a newspaper or magazine review or obituary, etc. The nature of what is tipped-in will determine whether this addition will enhance or devalue the book.
  3. Λ For Adolphe Braun - Christian Kempf, 1994, Adolphe Braun et la photographie 1812-1877, (Lucigraphie); Mary Bergstein, 2000, <>Image and enterprise: The photographs of Adolphe Braun, (London: Thames & Hudson)


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General reading 
Sobieszek, Robert A. (ed.), 1973, The collodion process and the ferrotype: three accounts, 1854-1872, (New York: Arno Press) [Reprint of The collodion process on glass, by F. S. Archer, first published 1854; of On the intervention of art in photography, by L. D. Blanquart-Evrard, first published 1864; and of Trask's practical ferrotyper, by A. K. P. Trask, first published 1872.] [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard 
Blanquart-Evrard, Louis-Désiré, 1869, La photographie: Ses origines, ses progres, ses transformations, (Lille: L. Danel) [Reprint: Arno Press, 1979, ISBN: 0405096046] [Δ
Jammes, Isabelle, 1978, Albums photographiques édités par Blanquart-Evrard, 1851-1855: une exposition du Département des relations publiques de Kodak-Pathé, (Kodak-Pathé. Bibliothèque nationale (France) Société française de photographie, Paris. Bibliothèque Forney) [Exhibition catalogue] [Δ
Jammes, Isabelle, 1978 (ca), Albums photographiques édités par Blanquart-Evrard / Ville de Chalon-sur-Saône, Musée Nicéphore Niépce, 17 Février/20 Mars 1978 ; [exposition organisée avec le concours du départment des relations publiques de Kodak-Pathé ; catalogue realisée par Isabelle Jammes], (Chalon-sur-Saône: Musée Nicéphore Niépce) [Exhibition catalgoue] [Δ
Jammes, Isabelle, 1981, Blanquart-Évrard et les origines de l'édition photographique française. Catalogue raisonné des albums photographiques édités 1851-1855, (Geneve: Librairie Droz Sa) [Δ
Peterich, Gerda, 1957, April, ‘Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard: The Gutenberg of Photography‘, Image, no. 50, pp. 80-89 [Δ
Maxime Du Camp 
Jammes, Isabelle, 1981, Blanquart-Évrard et les origines de l'édition photographique française. Catalogue raisonné des albums photographiques édités 1851-1855, (Geneve: Librairie Droz Sa) [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan - 

HomeContentsPhotographers > Photographers worth investigating

Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard  (1802-1872) • Maxime Du Camp  (1822-1894) • John Beasly Greene  (1832-1856) • Charles Marville  (1813-1879) • V.G. Maunier • Eugene Piot  (1812-1891) • Henri-Victor Regnault  (1810-1878) • Louis-Rémy Robert  (check) •  Aimé Rochas • Auguste Salzmann  (1824-1872) • John Stewart  (1814-1887) • Thomas Sutton  (check) • Jean Walther  (1806-1866)
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