Philibert Perraud

Datesborn 1815

The "particularly enterprising and energetic" Frenchman Philibert Perraud began to photograph shortly after the invention of the daguerreotype process was announced in France in 1839. Beginning in 1845 he toured Italy, reportedly making more than thirteen thousand portraits in Milan and Rome, though the feasibility of producing such a large number of photographs in two years makes the story very unlikely. He also traveled to Greece, selling his photographs and photographic supplies en route to finance his trip. Perraud met Philippos Margaritis in Athens around 1846 and introduced him to photography.

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