|Other: Gilles Louis Chretien |
|Dates: ||1754, 5 February - 1811, 6 March|
|Born: ||France, Versailles|
|Died: ||France, Paris|
French musician at the court at Versaille. His significance to photography is his invention of the Physionotrace which was a mechanical device created in the late 18th century for the creation of portraits. Although it was not a chemical process like the Daguerreotype or the calotype it was significant as it involved a mechanistic approach to the creation of images, an ideal tool for an age of science and reason, and was distinct from traditional drawing or painting.
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