Charles Nègre

Dates1820 - 1880
RolesArtist, Photographer, Printmaker, Daguerreotypist, Printer
BornGrasse, Provence, France
DiedGrasse, Provence, France

Charles Nègre began to photograph in 1844 in order to collect visual images to use in preparation for his paintings. Unlike many painters who turned to the new medium, Nègre never ceased to paint. He is best known for his landscape and architectural photographs of Paris, Chartres, and the Midi, a region in southern France.

Unlike many of his contemporaries, Nègre printed all of his own photographs and was renowned as a photographic printer. He retired in 1863 and died at Grasse, France.