Auguste Hippolyte Collard

Dates1812 - 1885/1897
BornPoitiers, France

Trained as a wood frame gilder, Hippolyte-Auguste Collard specialized in industrial imagery as a photographer. He set up his first photography studio in January 1856. During the Second Empire, the reign of Napoleon III in France, he ran a photography studio for twenty years, producing sequential photographs of bridges, railroads, and aqueducts. The Ministry of Agriculture, Commerce, and Public Works was his most important and consistent patron; from 1857 to 1870 Collard photographed every bridge constructed in Paris by the ministry. He also documented the expansion of the railroad in France, competing with Édouard-Denis Baldus for that commission. In 1867 Collard sold his studio to his son.