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Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey
Column of the Parthenon, Athens
24 x 9.5 cm
Remains of the Temple of Minerva on the Acropolis, Philibert Jos.
Taking a photograph, such as this one, on a silvered copper plate was a complicated and laborious process. Nevertheless, the painter, draughtsman, and archaeologist Girault de Prangey was not to be dissuaded. He set out, equipment and all, only three years after the invention of photography. Armed with a camera, lenses, plates, a mercury developing box, and chemicals, he travelled throughout Italy, Greece, Turkey, and Syria. He came back with no less than 1000 daguerreotypes.