Luminous-Lint - for collectors and connoisseurs of fine photography
HOME  BACK>>> Subscriptions <<< | Testimonials | Login | FREE NEWSLETTER

Getting around


HomeWhat's NewContentsVisual IndexesOnline ExhibitionsPhotographersGalleries and DealersThemes
AbstractEroticaFashionLandscapeNaturePhotojournalismPhotomontagePictorialismPortraitScientificStill lifeStreetWar

HomeContents > People > Photographers > André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri

Other: A.A.E. Disdéri 
Other: Disdéri 
Dates:  1819, 28 March - 1889, 4 October
Born:  France, Paris
Died:  France, Paris
Active:  France
French photographer who in November 1854 took out a patent for carte-de-visite. His system produced a negative that could take multiple images thus producing a cheaper version of the carte de visite and ensuring its tremendous popularity. He also took photographs of the rebellion of the Paris Commune in 1871.
Common error
Beware of the following:
"Most certainly Disdéri’s status as a photographer was greatly enhanced when in May 1859 he had the good fortune of being in the right place at the right time as Napoleon III interrupted his march to war to pose for a photograph in Disdéri’s studio." (Wikipedia, Aug 28, 2007)
Whilst this makes an interesting story there appears to be no factual basis for it.

Preparing biographies

Further research

 Premium content for those who want to understand photography
References are available for subscribers.There is so much more to explore when you subscribe. 
André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri
Family history 
If you are related to this photographer and interested in tracking down your extended family we can place a note here for you to help. It is free and you would be amazed who gets in touch.
QR code

Exhibitions on this website

Theme: Portrait
ThumbnailThe Second Empire through the Lens of A.A.E. Disdéri 
PhVTitle | Lightbox | Checklist

Visual indexes

 Premium content for those who want to understand photography
Visual indexes for this photographer are available for subscribers.There is so much more to explore when you subscribe. 

Internet biographies

Terms and Conditions

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.]
Show on this siteGo to website
The International Photographers Hall of Fame has provided a biography.Show on this siteGo to website

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.] 
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.147 
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri.] 
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.125-126 [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.

• Koetzle, Hans-Michael 2002 Photo Icons: The Story Behind the Pictures - Volume 1 (Koln: Taschen) [This book discusses one photograph "Dead Communards (1871)" by André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri in considerable detail. An excellent source for a detailed analysis.] 
• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.56 
• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri are included in this classic history.] 
• Sobieszek, Robert A. and Deborah Irmas 1994 the camera i: Photographic Self-Portraits (Los Angeles: LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art) p.214, Plate 4 [When the Audrey and Sydney Irmas collection was donated to LACMA - Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 1992 the museum gained a remarkable collection of self portraits of notable photographers. If you need a portrait of André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri this is a useful starting point.] 
HOME  BACK>>> Subscriptions <<< | Testimonials | Login | FREE NEWSLETTER
 Facebook LuminousLint 
 Twitter @LuminousLint