Emile Frechon began practicing photography towards the end of the 19th century and rapidly expanded his work in relation with the exploration of Algeria recently conquered by France. While painters were the first to depict an imaginary and luxurious Orient, photographers searched for reality. Emile Frechon privileged backlighting that diffused a naturalistic feel within his images that reminded the work of such painters as Jean-François Millet or Charles-François Daubigny. Not only did the photographer precisely observe and immortalize Algerian landscapes and populations, did he accurately document each picture, eager to inform rather than simply illustrate. In 1892, he published an album about Biskra that would soon become a popular destination, inspiring Henri Matisse and the writer, André Gide while Isadora Duncan would perform there in 1919. Emile Frechon thus combined photography, ethnography and beautiful people.