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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Gabriel Loppé

Dates:  1825 - 1913
Born:  France, Montpellier
Active:  France
 
  
Painter, photographer and mountaineer who at one time had an apartment on avenue du Trocadéro in Paris where he had an excellent view of the Eiffel Tower. He photographed the tower on numerous occassions capturing it being hit by lightning. On 15 June 1905 he wrote to Gustav Eiffel:
“I have no prints, at the moment, of the shot of the tower being struck by lightening. After having lost a lot of negatives through carelessness on the part of professionals to whom I gave them to make prints, I have decided to do all the irksome processes myself so that I can give some to my friends. Therefore I will prepare some fixative to make the two prints your correspondents have asked you to send. Up to now I have developed very few, and have given them to five or six of my friends and also to a few people whom I do not have the honour of knowing but whom I hold in great esteem; for you, Sir, who created the most unusual and modern monument; the only monument to give me that feeling of immense space, of variety, of the delicacy and the radiance of the Paris sky, of this atmosphere which the factory chimneys have not made dirty with their smoke, and which envelops the Paris landscape with such artistic harmony and charm." (Source: Musee d'Orsay)

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