Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804-1892), Kaire. S. Kérabat. Coupole [mosquée Khayrbak], 1843, daguerréotype, Paris, Bibliothèque nationale de France, département des Estampes et de la photographie © Photo Bnf

Girault de Prangey – Photographer (1804-1892)

May 19, 2021 - Jul 11, 2021

Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804-1892) is one of the major figures of early French photography. Painter and draftsman, archaeologist and architectural historian, lover of rare plants and birds, he was also a pioneer of the daguerreotype, which enables him to deliver work of unparalleled quality during his tour of the Mediterranean between 1842 and 1844.

The exhibition offers a new understanding of Girault de Prangey’s personality and his development as an artist and photographer.


Thomas Galifot, Chief Curator, Musée d’Orsay
Sylvie Aubenas, Director of Prints and Photographs, Bibliothèque nationale de France

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