Hermann Biow


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(1804–50), artist, lithographer, and one of the first German daguerreotypists. In 1841 he opened a studio in Altona, then Hamburg. In 1842 he shared a studio with Carl Ferdinand Stelzner. Biow is best known for his images of the ruins left by the 1842 Hamburg fire. In 1847–8, in Berlin and Frankfurt am Main, he also made photographic portraits of King Friedrich Wilhelm IV of Prussia and members of the German National Assembly which were subsequently lithographed.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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