Feb 12, 2008

Self-Portrait (negative)

Self-Portrait (negative)

c. 1853

Louis-Rémy Robert

(French, 1811–1882)

Waxed paper negative

Overall: 24.3 x 17.9 cm (9 9/16 x 7 1/16 in.)

Gift of Charles Isaacs and Carol Nigro 1998.195



After the announcement of the waxed paper negative process in 1851, Louis-Rémy Robert used the technique with remarkable results. In this self-portrait negative, the elegantly dressed photo-grapher stood in an animated profile pose. With great success, Robert exploited the inherent softness of the paper negative and its ability to render broad areas of light and shadow.

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