Auguste Crétès "Photographiques Fantaisies": An Album
Medium Albumen, salt and albumenized salt prints
Mount on original mount
Photo Date 1865-67 Print Date 1865-67
Dimensions 5-1/2 x 7-5/8 in. (140 x 195 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
Prints are various sizes up to 5-1/2 x 7-5/8 inches.
Album Quarter oblong (22 x 32 cm), bound in black calico, photographer's name and date in ink, and title in intricate watercolor on the first two pages, containing 65 prints on albumen paper or albumenized salt prints and three salt paper prints. Legends and handwritten dates in pencil with indications of lenses used to shoot (Bertrand, Mangey Knight). An early and well-documented album of experimentation with some exceptional images, including several exceptional river scenes, parks, trees, bridges, churches, street scenes, etc. Crétès' work, while stylistically different and 50 years earlier, reminds me of Eugene Atget's attempt to document the Paris environs of his time. This is a similar, although slightly abbreviated attempt to do the same. The river scenes are especially unique documentation of a beautiful past.
Reproductions of works of art. Portraits. Still Life with Flowers. Fontainebleau castle. Fontainebleau forest. Bois de Boulogne. Bas Meudon. Parc de St Cloud. Paris. Palais de Justice. Place de la Concorde. Nogent-sur-Marne. Orangery of Meudon. Fontenay. Mont Valerien. Meudon, pond Trivaux. Chartres Cathedral. Château de Rambouillet. Aqueduct Maintenon. Maintenon Castle. Louvre. Luxembourg Garden. Fontaine Saint Michel. Hôtel de Cluny. Central Paris. Place du Châtelet. Clock of the Palace of Justice. Under the Pont Neuf. Rouen. Saint Maclou. Rouen Courthouse. St. Godard Church of Rouen. Notre Dame Cathedral Rouen. Church of Saint-Pierre. Notre Dame de Paris. Cirque of the Empress, Champs Elysees. Holy Fathers of the bridge. Pont des Arts. Under the Carrousel du Pont. Bagneux.
Little is known of this obviously talented photographer. He apparently was based in Paris.