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HomeContents > People > Photographers > Louis Boutan

Dates:  1859 - 1934, 6 April
Born:  France, Versailles
Died:  Tighzirt-sur-Mer
Active:  France
 
  
French marine zoologist who carried out experiments between 1892 and 1900 with underwater photography at the Arago Marine Laboratory at Banyuls-sur-Mer, on France’s Mediterranean coast. He developed camera housings, underwater lights and filters to cope with the difficult conditions and used plates developed by the Lumiere Brothers for his experiments.

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Louis Boutan
{First underwater photograph by Louis Boutan] 
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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
 

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.75-76 
  
• Lenman, Robin (ed.) 2005 The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford: Oxford University Press)  [Includes a short biography on Louis Boutan.] 
  
 
  
 
  
 
  
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