Paris, Petit Palais

As an “elogy to the negative”, over 140 works offer a unique understanding and insight into the early methods of photography, long before the digital image. Negatives and prints are assembled from prestigious French and Italian collections, created by amateurs and artists in Italy between 1846 and 1862.

In 1840, the negative and its print on paper became a fascinating tool for expressing a subjective perspective, which is witnessed as subtly emerging in these early examples of architecture, landscape and genre photography. The period that followed was a pioneering exploration of the image produced in multiples, initiating “the era of reproducibility”. This period is particularly critical in the history of photography for its role as a precursor to the innovations, inventions and explorations that later took place between 1860-1880 when the photographic process began to be industrialized.




February 18th through May 2nd, 2010
Avenue Winston-Churchill
Paris 75008
T. +33 (0)1 53 43 40 00