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Charles Aubry  

b. 1811 Paris, d. 1877 Paris

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For more than thirty years, Charles Aubry designed patterns for fabric, carpet, and wallpaper manufacturers. In 1864, he started a company to produce plaster casts and photographs of flowers and plants. He made around one hundred-fifty negatives of plant still lifes his first year and became a master of the botanical still life.

Although Aubry's goal was to establish an archive for artists and designers, a bankruptcy in 1865 forced him to close his studio and move to a village near Paris, where he continued to photograph. Aubry returned to Paris around 1872 but photographed only intermittently.

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Tobacco Leaves / Aubry
Tobacco Leaves

French, about 1864