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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Henri Le Secq

Born: Henri Jean-Louis Le Secq 
Born: Jean-Louis-Henri Le Secq des Tournelles 
Dates:  1818, 18 August - 1882, 26 December
Born:  France, Paris
Active:  France
Early French photographer who used waxed paper negatives. His finest works are the architectural shots he took for the ‘Commission des Monuments Historiques‘.

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General reading 
Garrigue, Jean, 1970, Chartres & Prose Poems, (New York: Eakins Press) isbn-10: 0871300079 isbn-13: 978-0871300072 [Illustrated with photographs by Henri Le Secq] [Δ
Mondenard, Anne de, 2002, La Mission Héliographique: Cinq photographes parcourent la France en 1851, (Paris: Centre des Monuments Nationaux) [Δ
Néagu, Philippe, et al., 1980, La Mission Héliographique: Photographies de 1851. Exhibition catalogue, (Paris: Inspection Générale des Musées Classés et Contrôlés) [Δ
Rice, Shelley, 1999, Parisian Views, (The MIT Press) isbn-10: 0262681072 isbn-13: 978-0262681070 [Δ
Readings on, or by, individual photographers 
Janis, Eugenia Parry, 1986, ‘Demolition Picturesque: Photographs of Paris in 1852 and 1853 by Henri Le Secq‘, in Peter Welch & Thomas F. Barrow (eds.), 1986, Perspectives on Photography: Essays in Honor of Beaumont Newhall, (Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press), pp. 53 [Δ
Janis, Eugenia Parry & Sartre, Josiane, 1986, Henri Le Secq, photographe de 1850 à 1860, Catalogue raisonné de la collection de la Bibliothèque des arts décoratifs, Paris, (Paris) [Δ
Mondenard, Anne de & Pagneux, Marc, 2012, Modernisme ou Modernité - Les photographes du cercle de Gustave Le Gray (1850-1860), (Actes Sud) isbn-13: 978-2330005429 [Δ
If you feel this list is missing a significant book or article please let me know - Alan -
Gustave Le Gray
Portrait of Henri Le Secq 
1847, 31 December
Family history 
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Exhibitions on this website

ThumbnailArchitecture: Missions Héliographiques 
Title | Lightbox | Checklist CLARIFICATION: This exhibition is of works by the photographers who participated in the Missions Héliographiques and NOT the photographs taken specifically for the survey. Further advice is welcome.

Visual indexes

ThumbnailHenri Le Secq: France: Chartes: Cathedral
ThumbnailHenri Le Secq: France: Paris: Notre Dame
ThumbnailHenri Le Secq: France: Reims - Rheims: Cathedral
ThumbnailHenri Le Secq: Premier Cahier de lithophotographie (1853)
ThumbnailHenri Le Secq: Waxed paper negatives
All photographs by this photographer 

Internet biographies

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Wikipedia has a biography of this photographer.Show on this siteGo to website
Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website
Grove Art Online ( has a biography of this artist. 
[NOTE: This is a subscription service and you will need to pay an annual fee to access the content.]
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Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Beaton, Cecil & Buckland, Gail 1975 The Magic Eye: The Genius of Photography from 1839 to the Present Day (Boston and Toronto: Little, Brown & Company) p.43 [Useful short biographies with personal asides and one or more example images.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.301 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Henri Le Secq.] 
• Weaver, Mike (ed.) 1989 The Art of Photography 1839-1989 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press) p.460 [This exhibition catalogue is for the travelling exhibition that went to Houston, Canberra and London in 1989.] 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.182-183 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by Henri Le Secq are included in this classic history.] 
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