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Gustave Le Gray - The Great 19th Century French Photographer
Photographs by Gustave Le Gray in 1856 through 1857Click thumbnail to view full-size
Pictures by Gustave Le Gray - Beech Tree, Camel, Boat in PortClick thumbnail to view full-size
Clouds and Sky - Le Gray
1850's - Portraits - Le GrayClick thumbnail to view full-size
Self Portrait Of Gustave Le Gray
Gallery Of Images by French Photographer Gustave Le Gray
Early photography was a unique art. This is a celebration of an amazing French photographer, Gustave Le Gray. The range of subject matter as well as his growth as a photographer can be seen in his images.
Le Gray was trained as a painter who eventually held some exhibitions, and later taught and inspired. He studied art under Paul Delaroche, and Francois Edouard Picot. Later he turned to photography. Photography was still a relatively new medium at the time and Le Gray had some interesting technical innovations to bring to the table. Not only that, he became an amazing teacher to others wanting to learn photography, some having become rather notable.
Some of the noted photographers that he taught were Olympe Aguado, Maxime Du Camp, Charles Negre, and Henri Le Secq. It is probably fair to say he continues to inspire to this day.
Le Gray made his daguerreotypes by 1847, and they included scenes of nature, buildings of all kinds, and portraits. Later he traveled to various places and caught some amazing images that got him some real publicity, like Palermo under Sicilian bombing during skirmishes with revolutionary forces, etc. So you can see he has a wide range of subject matter that he dealt with while photography was still in its infancy really.
If you have the time to look up the information on his life, there are some interesting twists and turns, ups and downs. He made a living for instance being a professor of drawing, and also made some money with his own little photography shop. It is said that he probably died July 30th, 1884 in Cairo, Egypt.
Gustave Le Gray has been known to bring a lot of imagination to photography in his time. He is a great study to those that love the history of photography. My hope is that you get a feel for Gustave Le Gray's works as you look at his photography through the lens of what he had in the time in which he lived.
Le Gray's pictures tell a story of their own, and seem to really capture the light and shadows, detail, feeling, and texture of many of his subjects. There are several images to small to really appreciate. To ensure that you see all images in a larger format, make sure to click on the smaller thumbnails or view the slide show. My hope is that you get a feel for this artistic photographer just by looking at some of the things he captured, and how he did it.
Castle and Port - Gustave Le Gray
Paris Palais du Louvre - Pavillon Molien - Gustave Le Gray 1859
Gustave Le Gray - Photographs Water ScenesClick thumbnail to view full-size
City of Uzerche, Corrèze in France, By Gustave Le Gray
More About Gustave Le Gray - Paper Photography and More
Gustave Le Gray was looking for ways to get better quality images with his photos, "crispier" images. As you can see from many of the images shared here, that he seemed to achieve sharper images over time. He used paper, waxed paper, salt, etc and different effects were achieved. He predicted that the "entire future of photography is on paper." He began experimenting with different variations in 1847. He found that paper negatives needed to be waxed prior to sensitization to yield better images, for example.
Le Gray, with his artistic background, his passion for photography, ability to travel and his drive to experiment and grow, he brought so much to us today. I am thankful for his perspective on life (as seen through his lense), and how he captured such a wide range of images so well and so artistically. From castles to train stations, and famous portraits to the humble tree, he was an incredible photographer worth remembering.
Interesting Architecture - Photos by Gustave Le GrayClick thumbnail to view full-size
Gustave Le Gray - Village, Old Train Station, Solar Effect on Ocean, and Soldiers Cavalry ManeuversClick thumbnail to view full-size
Some older and later photos by Le GrayClick thumbnail to view full-size
Gustave Le Gray - Poll
Before seeing this, were you familiar with Gustave Le Gray, the French Photographer?
Gustave Le Gray's Pictures of PalermoClick thumbnail to view full-size
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