19 May 2004
EUGENE PIOT (1812-1891)
The Parthenon from l'Acropole d'Athènes, 1848-52
salt print from paper negative
numbered '16' in pencil on verso
9 x 12 7/8in. (22.9 x 32.8cm.)
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A. Delivorrias et al., Exhibition catalogue, Athens 1839-1900: A Photographic Record, Athens, Benaki Museum, 1985, pls.11-14, for other images from the series.
In 1848 Piot arrived in Greece, where he is believed to have been the first French photographer to use the paper negative process. In 1852, 109 of his views of Athens were published in a portfolio titled l'Acropole d'Athènes. He exhibited Greek photographs at the 1855 Paris International Exhibition, where he was awarded a First Class Medal, and at the Société française de photographie in 1859.
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