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Consisting of sixty-nine boards of photographs, Hippolyte Bayard’s Album d’Essai attests to his trials and errors, test and experimentation, at a time when photography was not yet photography.
His prints on paper "were like nothing we’d ever seen" wrote critic Francis Wey in the review La Lumière in 1851: they evoked "The idea of sorcery".
Each one is a poem in itself:
"They marry the impression of reality to the fantasy of the dream. (…) The light Gazes them and the shadow caresses them: the day seems fantastic and the singular sobriety of the effect gives them a monumental appearance".
The density of the first test with negative prints are intermingled with the softness of newer direct positive images. We contemplate these prints "as through a thin curtain of vapors" said Wey: "the drawings are so prodigiously blurred that it is impossible to discern a line".
Aantal pagina's: 32
Formaat: 20 x 29 cm (staand)
Uitgever: Diaphanes Editions