John Falconer, British Library
A Biographical Dictionary of 19th Century Photographers in South and South-East Asia
Graduated from the Ecole Polytechnique in 1844. In 1849, while en route to India, he met Maxime Du Camp in Egypt and taught him the use of Blanquart-Evrard’s wet process (Du Camp had previously been struggling unsuccessfully with Le Gray’s dry waxed paper process).
In India 1849-50. Five of his prints appear as plates 13, 15, 18, 22, and 24 of Blanquard-Evrard’s first published collection L’Album Photographique de l’Artiste et de l’Amateur (1851). A view of the Taj Mahal in the Album Regnault of the French Photographic Society is signed (Delagrange et Lambrecht).
- Λ Although Isabelle Jammes, Blanquart-Evrard et les origines de l’Edition Photographique Francaise (Geneva and Paris, 1981, p. 83) states that his photographs were taken during a ‘small voyage of four years in India.’
- Λ Andre Jammes, The Art of French Calotype (Princeton, 1983, p. 197); Nissan N. Perez, Focus East (New York, 1988, p. 188).