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Other: Dr. Duchenne 
Other: Duchenne de Boulogne 
Other: Guillaume Duchenne de Boulogne 
Other: Guillaume-Benjamin-Amant Duchenne (de Boulogne) 
Joint: Duchenne & Tournachon 
Dates:  1806, 18 September - 1875, 17 September
Born:  France, Boulogne-sur-Mer
Died:  France, Paris
Active:  France
 
  
A medical doctor who was interested in the relatively new science of neurophysiology and used photographs to illustrate his findings. By electrocuting the muscles of volunteers he found he could simulate the different facial emotions, for example pain or joy. In 1862 his findings were published in an album ‘Mécanisme de la physionomie humaine, ou analyse électrophysiologique des passions‘. He lectured at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris which houses a major collection of his work.

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Guillaume Benjamin Amand Duchenne de Boulogne 
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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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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 Guillaume-Amant Duchenne de Boulogne.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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