Photography Pioneers: Gustave Le Gray

Photography as an art-form

Gustave Le Gray, self-portrait, 1847 — with his Daguerreotype camera
Gustave Le Gray, Château de Chenonceau, 1851
Gustave Le Gray, The Beech Tree, circa 1856
Gustave Le Gray, Châlons Camp, General Bellville and his son, 1857
Gustave Le Gray, Tour Saint-Jacques, 1859

But what was so innovative in his photographs?

He improved paper negatives, making them more receptive to fine detail.

Gustave Le Gray, Seascape with Sailing Ship and Tugboat

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