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André Giroux  

b. 1801, d. 1879

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André Giroux was the son of the man who made the camera equipment for the inventor of photography, Louis-Jacques-Mandé Daguerre. With this auspicious birthright, Giroux moved easily from a successful career in painting to photography, maintaining a painterly eye and style in his photographic work. He specialized in landscapes, retouching his negatives to achieve more atmospheric effects in his photographs. He painted and scratched directly on both paper and glass negatives in an attempt to obliterate photography's mechanical look. Giroux's technique, creating a drawing upon glass that is then used as a negative to make a photographic print, is called cliché-verre.

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Ponds at Optevoz / Giroux
Ponds at Optevoz

French, Rhône, 1855

Album of Dancers / Disderi
Album of Dancers

French, 1860s