Thursday, February 8, 2024

Charles Marville and Early Photography in Paris

Lecture with Professor David R. Hanlon
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Online: 6 – 7 pm CT


Many of the techniques and aesthetic approaches to urban and topographic photography that we use today have their origins in the early images that were being created, printed, and disseminated in Paris in the early 1850s. This discussion will show how Charles Marville’s work – and those of some of his colleagues – reflect the growth of these ideas, as photography’s multiple facets start to be explored. This presentation will be illustrated primarily through a large set of recently discovered early photographic prints that now reside in the Library of Congress.

David R. Hanlon is an educator, historian, and photographic artist from Missouri. He is the author of the books Illuminating Shadows; The Calotype in Nineteenth-Century America (2013) and While the Sun Shines: The Lives and Pioneering Photographs of Leavitt Hunt and Nathan Flint Baker (2021), and has had his essays on aspects of early photography appear in a variety of international journals and exhibition catalogs.



Can’t make it that date or want to rewatch? Recordings of lectures and workshops will be available for everyone registered within a week of the class. 


Main image: Charles Marville, Rue de Constantine in 1866, image courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art

Admission: $5 Non-Members/Members Free

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