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    Antoine-Samuel Adam-Salomon (French, 1811-1881)
    Eugene Bethemont, French Minister, 1860
    Albumen print
    10-1/4 x 8-1/8 inches (26.0 x 20.6 cm) (image)

    Eugene Bethemont was French Minister of Agriculture in 1848, becoming President of the state correctional facilities in 1849.

    Antoine Samuel Adam-Salomon (January 9, 1818 -April 28, 1881) was a French sculptor and photographer. Adam-Salomon became a leading portrait photographer after studying under the portraitist Franz Hanfstaengl in Munich in 1858. Adam-Salomon opened a portrait studio in Paris in 1859, and in 1865 he opened a second Paris studio. In 1870 he was made a member of the Société française de photographie and received the Légion d'honneur the same year. Adam-Salomon's portrait photographs were considered to be among the best examples in existence during his lifetime, and were renowned for their chiaroscuro produced by special lighting techniques. The photography of Adam-Salomon played a pivotal role in the mainstream acceptance of photography as an art form. For example, in 1858 the poet Alphonse de Lamartine described photography as "this chance invention which will never be art, but only a plagiarism of nature through a lens." A short time later, after seeing the photographic
    work of Adam-Solomon, Lamartine reversed his claim. A great believer in draping, side-lighting, and retouching, he collaborated with Carjat, Nadar, and others, in the seven volumes of the Galerie des Contemporains published in France in the 1850s.


    Condition Report*: Loss to upper right corner.
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    September, 2021
    28th Tuesday
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