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Other: C.M. Ferrier 
Other: Claude Marie Ferrier 
Other: Ferrier pere 
Joint: Ferrier & Soulier 
Joint: Ferrier Père-Fils et Soulier 
Dates:  1811 - 1889, 13 June
Active:  Great Britain / France / Italy
Early French photographer who recorded the items shown at the 1851 Crystal Palace Exhibition.

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Claude-Marie Ferrier
French, 1811-1889

In 1851, the Exhibition of the Industry of All Nations was held in London, which eventually came to be known as the Crystal Palace Exhibition. As the first international trade fair, it brought together a large number of consumer goods, all crafted or manufactured by over 13,000 exhibitors. It inspired many articles and books, which often included illustrations. The following year, "on a suggestion from the throne," a commemorative publication was issued with actual photographs of the displayed objects. The four-volume work was entitled, "Exhibition of the Works of Industry of All Nations, 1851. Reports by the Juries on the Subjects in the Thirty Classes into Which the Exhibition was Divided." The majority of photographs were taken by Ferrier, using the albumenized glass process, and the British photographer Hugh Owen, using the calotype process. Approximately 140 copies were produced and distributed (Mulligan, et. al., 226-229).
During the spring of 1856, torrential rains caused massive destruction in low-lying areas throughout France. Ferrier was sent by the French government to document the effects of the flooding in the Loire Valley (at this time, Baldus was also sent on a similar mission to the Rhone Valley). He returned to Paris with a series of stereoscopic views, which gave the illusion of actually being at the scenes of catastrophe (Daniel, 66-69).
In 1859, Ferrier and Charles Soulier opened an establishment in Paris to publish and sell glass stereo views. By 1864 their catalogue offered a large selection of views of Paris, France, and foreign countries including Norway, Russia and Japan.
"Photographic Exhibitions in Britain 1839-1865" lists 91 exhibits where Ferrier's work was displayed during the years 1852-1858 (see reference below for web site).
GEH web site:
Therese Mulligan & David Wooters. Photography from 1839 to today: George Eastman House, Rochester, NY Cologne: Taschen, 1999.
Photographic Exhibitions in Britain 1839-1865: Records from Victorian Exhibition Catalogues
For technology/industrial images, see the Science & Society Picture Library:
Malcolm Daniel. The Photographs of Edouard Baldus New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1994.
[Contributed by Erin McGrath - Lee Gallery] 

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