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Other: Louis Désiré Blanquart-Evrard 
Dates:  1802, 2 August - 1872, 28 April
Born:  France, Lille
Died:  France, Lille
Active:  France
 
  
A cloth merchant from Lille, France who took up the calotype process and in 1847 published a method for a negative/positive paper process. He used this process to print and publish the works of other photographers. By 1851 taking advantage of his own innovations he was able to print two or three hundred prints a day from the same negative and this rapid production allowed the creation of salt paper prints that could be tipped-in to books that he published. Key books and albums of prints by John Beasly Greene, Charles Marville and Henri Le Secq were printed by Blanquart-Evrard. In 1856 with Thomas Sutton he founded the magazine Photographic Notes, a journal which continued for eleven years.

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Victor Mottez (1809-1897, painter)
Portrait of Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard 
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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.] 
  
• Capa, Cornell (ed.) 1984 The International Center of Photography: Encyclopedia of Photography (New York, Crown Publishers, Inc. - A Pound Press Book) p.67-68 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Louis-Désiré Blanquart-Evrard.] 
  
• Witkin, Lee D. and Barbara London 1979 The Photograph Collector’s Guide (London: Secker and Warburg) p.86-87 [Long out of print but an essential reference work - the good news is that a new edition is in preparation.] 
  
 

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• Naef, Weston 1995 The J. Paul Getty Museum - Handbook of the Photographic Collection (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum) p.28 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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