Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey

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Tuesday 7 September 2010
Ron Brownson

I do not know who took the first photographs of Jerusalem but the work of the French daguerreotype artist Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804-1892) must be among some of the very earliest and most exceptional.

Christies New York are holding an important auction on 7 October 2010 titled A Historic Photographic Grand Tour: Important Daguerreotypes by Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey.

For everyone interested in the history of travel daguerreotypes from the earliest period, I recommend that they look at the catalogue which is available on line. It contains some of the earliest middle eastern photography known.