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Pierson, Pierre-Louis (1822 - 1913)

In 1844, Pierre-Louis Pierson ran a studio specialized in hand-colored daguerreotypes before entering a partnership, in 1855, with the photographers Leopold Ernest and Louis Frédéric Mayer that were the official photographers of the Emperor Napoleon III and, the trio soon became the leading society photographers of the Parisian society and the European royalty. Despite their sumptuous portfolio, the professional project that remained the most interesting is the close collaboration Pierre Louis Pierson led with the Countess of Castiglione. Fascinated indeed by her beauty, the countess had decided to capture its facets and introduced a true artistic modernity to the imaginative sceneries and poses she directed. Both enjoyed creating playful identities within which the countess could be a Madonna, a sensual vamp revealing her legs and feet or a fantasy creature clad in eccentric costumes. Their collaboration taking place during a large span of the countess’s life, not only do the pictures reveal a rare dramatic production for the period, do they also depict the slow decline of her mental stability and splendor: a narcissist fashioning the self thanks to an innovative medium.

Tags / Pierre Louis Pierson - Pioneers - French Photographer - 1850s - Royalty
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Count Admiral of Chabannes-La-Palisse, Senator, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Count Admiral of Chabannes-La-Palisse, Senator, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Cardinal of Bonnechose Henri Marie Gaston, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Cardinal of Bonnechose Henri Marie Gaston, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, General Cousin Montauban, Count of Palikao, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, General Cousin Montauban, Count of Palikao, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, The Castiglione with Fan, c. 1861-1867
Pierre-Louis Pierson, The Castiglione with Fan, c. 1861-1867
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Countess of Castiglione in Ermine Coat with Her Son, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Countess of Castiglione in Ermine Coat with Her Son, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Countess of Castiglione, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Countess of Castiglione, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, La Grayeur, c. 1861-1867
Pierre-Louis Pierson, La Grayeur, c. 1861-1867
Pierre-Louis Pierson, The Imperial Prince at Fontainebleau, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, The Imperial Prince at Fontainebleau, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Mirrored Eyes, c. 1860
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Mirrored Eyes, c. 1860
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Monsieur de Maupas, Senator, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Monsieur de Maupas, Senator, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Monsieur Mathieu, Deputy of La Corrèze, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Monsieur Mathieu, Deputy of La Corrèze, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Marquis of Moustiers, Senator, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Marquis of Moustiers, Senator, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Scherzo di Follia, c. 1963-1966
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Scherzo di Follia, c. 1963-1966
Pierre-Louis Pierson, A Sunday, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, A Sunday, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Viscount of Barrel, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Viscount of Barrel, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Victorin Ferdinand Barrot, date unknown
Pierre-Louis Pierson, Victorin Ferdinand Barrot, date unknown
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