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Girault de Prangey, Joseph- Philibert (1804 - 1892)

Born in a wealthy environment, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey travelled across the Mediterranean region and within the Near East from the 1830s, fulfilling his romantic  passion for arabic architecture and lost civilisations - he constructed a Moorish palace to serve as a home in France. Having been taught photography by Louis Daguerre himself or Hippolyte Balard, in 1841, Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey went on for a three year tour and produced about 900 daguerrotypes - the eldest known today - of exotic landscapes and monuments such as the Acropolis, in Greece. These photographies would serve as models for the lithographies illustrating his publications about Islamic art. From the 1850s, he decided to stop travelling and dedicated himself to botany. Having never exhibited nor published his photographies, his work was only discovered during the 1920s and shown publicly at the turn of the 20th century: the revelation of a preserved historical treasure.

Tags / Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey - French Photographer - Pioneers - 1840s - Orient
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Athens, 1842
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Athens, 1842
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Constantinople, street below the little burial ground, probably 1843
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Constantinople, street below the little burial ground, probably 1843
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Karnak, Pylon, c. 1842-1843
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Karnak, Pylon, c. 1842-1843
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, The Mer-de-Glace in the Mont-Blanc Massive, before 1900
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, The Mer-de-Glace in the Mont-Blanc Massive, before 1900
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Arab Monuments, 1846
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Arab Monuments, 1846
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Mosque of Córdoba, 1839
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Mosque of Córdoba, 1839
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Plant Study, Paris, 1841
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Plant Study, Paris, 1841
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Patio of the Lions, Granada, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Patio of the Lions, Granada, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Rome, 1842
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Rome, 1842
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Rome, 1842
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Rome, 1842
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Untitled, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Untitled, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Untitled, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Untitled, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Untitled, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Untitled, date unknown
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Palms (dattiers Philae), 1844
Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey, Palms (dattiers Philae), 1844
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