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Bisson Brothers

Louis Auguste Bisson (1814-1876)

Auguste Rosalie Bisson ( 1826-1876)

Louis Auguste Bisson, who had trained as an architect, first collaborated with his father  with whom he specialized in portraiture - he signed a rare and legendary portrait of the writer Honoré de Balzac, in 1842 -, before opening a workshop alongside his younger brother, Auguste Rosalie, who reproduced art works. Versatile, the Bisson brothers, answered personal and professional orders but also took the risk to compile photographic collections by their own means, such as their 900 portraits of the National Assembly members between 1848 and 1849 and their cultural projects such as a monuments report from 1852. Having set the techniques of a commercial production in the late 1850s with the help of about thirty employees, the Bisson brothers distinguished themselves with their large prints as well as their precise and delicate depictions of architectural works. Yet the photographers became even more famous when they answered Napoleon III’s commission to photograph the Mont Blanc massif, in 1861 and 1862. Not only a photographic challenge that led to the first alpinism and ‘moving’ pictures with changing lights, snowy landscapes and shimmering glaciers, the adventure also became a bold and epic exploit- a veritable conquest of nature.

Bisson Brothers, Rouen Cathedral, main door, c. 1855
Bisson Brothers, Rouen Cathedral, main door, c. 1855
Bisson Brothers, Saint-Ouen Church, Rouen, c. 1858
Bisson Brothers, Saint-Ouen Church, Rouen, c. 1858
Bisson Brothers, Studies of horses, white horse in a pen, c. 1844-1848
Bisson Brothers, Studies of horses, white horse in a pen, c. 1844-1848
Bisson Brothers, Studies of horses, horse held by a man, c. 1844-1848
Bisson Brothers, Studies of horses, horse held by a man, c. 1844-1848
Bisson Brothers, Southern flank of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, c. 1857
Bisson Brothers, Southern flank of Notre-Dame Cathedral, Paris, c. 1857
Bisson Brothers, Hôtel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen, date unknown
Bisson Brothers, Hôtel de Bourgtheroulde, Rouen, date unknown
Bisson Brothers, Church of Les Invalides, date unknown
Bisson Brothers, Church of Les Invalides, date unknown
Bisson Brothers, Blois staircase, c. 1860
Bisson Brothers, Blois staircase, c. 1860
Bisson Brothers, The Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Pavillon de l'Horloge, date unknown
Bisson Brothers, The Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Pavillon de l'Horloge, date unknown
Bisson Brothers, The Seine seen from the Pont Neuf, c. 1855
Bisson Brothers, The Seine seen from the Pont Neuf, c. 1855
Bisson Brothers, La Toilette de Vénus (Maison Froment-Meurice), c. 1858
Bisson Brothers, La Toilette de Vénus (Maison Froment-Meurice), c. 1858
Bisson Brothers, The Mont-Blanc taken from the Buet, 1861
Bisson Brothers, The Mont-Blanc taken from the Buet, 1861
Bisson Brothers, The Mont-Blanc taken from the Buet, 1860
Bisson Brothers, The Mont-Blanc taken from the Buet, 1860
Bisson Brothers, Paris, panorama of the Seine, c. 1855-1856
Bisson Brothers, Paris, panorama of the Seine, c. 1855-1856
Bisson Brothers, Transept rose of Rouen Cathedral, c. 1860
Bisson Brothers, Transept rose of Rouen Cathedral, c. 1860
Bisson Brothers, Southern door of Reims Cathedral, c. 1870
Bisson Brothers, Southern door of Reims Cathedral, c. 1870
Bisson Brothers, M. Jean-Baptiste Dumas, sénateur, date unknown
Bisson Brothers, M. Jean-Baptiste Dumas, sénateur, date unknown
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