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Dates:  1827 - 1879
Born:  Kingdom of Hungary (today Slovakia), Pressburg county, Malacky
Active:  Austria
 
  
Austrian court photographer. Brother of photographer Victor Angerer.
Born in 1827, Ludwig Angerer began his career as a pharmacist and rose to become Austria’s premier photographer; being appointed Photographer of the Imperial Court and receiving medals in London, Paris and Berlin in the 1860s.
 
Ludwig was the second oldest of five children and two of his brothers, Victor and August were to also work as photographers. At the age of 23 Ludwig gained a license in pharmacy and worked as one in Vienna and Graz until 1854 when he joined the army’s Military Medicine Department.
 
As part of Austria’s occupying army during the Crimean War, Angerer set about taking pictures of the civilian population of Bucharest and producing some of the earliest photographs of the cityscape. Angerer also took pictures of Turkish and Russian troops; which made him one of the world’s first war photographers.
 
In April of 1858 he resigned from the Army and began to photograph in earnest. Shortly afterward he founded his first photo studio. He also is credited with introducing the carte de visite to Vienna at this time.
 
On Christmas day 1860 he became the official photographer of the Imperial Court in Vienna and the only photographer ever allowed to take a picture of the all the Imperial family.
 
By 1864 Angerer was a member of the executive committee of the Photographic Society of Vienna which brought him into contact with an agent for Voigtlander and it’s massive portrait lens.With this Petzval-syle lens he produced a series of large format portraits of Austrian and foreign celebrities. Angerer, like other photographers of the era, sold large quantities of these portraits as well as those of the Emperor and the Imperial family.
 
Angerer died of pneumonia in 1879 and his son and daughter continued to operate the Vienna studio until 1914 and the outbreak of WW I.
 
Elton Michael
(8 Fenruary 2016)

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