Albumen print from collodion negative
Image: 31.1 x 43.2 cm (12 1/4 x 17 in.)
Gift of Michael Mattis and Judith Hochberg 2021.55
The rise of photography coincided with the creation of the railroads and the modernization of France.
Edouard Baldus, the most important French 19th-century architectural photographer, here reveals the process of constructing a bridge. In 1861 he was commissioned by the railway company that owned the principal route across southwest France to document the region’s landscape, towns, monuments, and railroad structures such as bridges and viaducts.
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