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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Désiré Charnay

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Born: Claude-Joseph Désiré Charnay 
Dates:  1828, 2 May - 1915, 24 October
Born:  France, Rhône, Fleurieux
Died:  France, Paris
Active:  France / Mexico / Madagascar
 
  
French traveler and archaeologist who was active in Mexico during three periods (1857-1861, 1880-1883 and 1886). He is best known for his photographic documentation of archaeological sites. Between 1862-1863 he published Cités et ruines américaines based upon his 1857 expedition. His work along with that of Stephens and Catherwood helped to establish interest in the archaeological sites of Central America.

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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
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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.] 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Désiré Charnay.] 
  
• Weaver, Mike (ed.) 1989 The Art of Photography 1839-1989 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press) p.454 [This exhibition catalogue is for the travelling exhibition that went to Houston, Canberra and London in 1989.] 
  
 

Useful printed stuff

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• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.90 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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