For Unit 5 I have to look at different Photographers, to get an idea for a possible essay. I decided to research more Photographers, to gain a better understanding of the history of the subject I enjoy so much. So I will be doing a few spotlights on Photographers I find interesting. My first spotlight will be looking at André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri.
André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (Born 28th March 1819 – Died 4th October 1889), was a french photographer known for patenting his Carte-De-Visite (abbreviated to CdV or CDV). André Disdéri studied Art while also working in a number or occupations to support his Mother and Siblings, after the death of his Father. His first delve into photography, was when André started working as a Daguerreotypist in Brest (Brittany, France), this is where he created his own studio to develop photographs. (A Daguerreotypist is someone who prints the Daguerreotype Process. Daguerreotype was introduced in 1839 as the first publicly announced photographic development process, and that had widespread use) André Disdéri left his wife in charge of the studio in Brest to pursue the creation of his own photographs in Nimes, using the recently developed wet collodion process. In addition to creating portraits under the wet collodion process, André pursued different subjects including; picturesque groups of beggars and less artistic shots of athletes and labourers. However by 1854 André Disdéri had moved back into Paris, as the owner of the largest photography studio in the city. That was the year he patented the small format carte-de-visite. (Carte-de-visite is a small type of photograph mounted onto thick card. The size of the Carte-de-visite is 54mm x 89mm on a card sized 54mm x 100mm)