Adolphe Braun


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(1812–77), French photographic entrepreneur, mainly active in Mulhouse, Alsace. After success as a textile and porcelain designer, Braun took up photography in the early 1850s, probably encouraged by the textile manufacturer and photography enthusiast Daniel Dollfus-Ausset. He made his debut in 1854 with an acclaimed album of c.300 wet-plate flower photographs, then turned to commercial view photography in various formats (including stereoscopic and panoramic). By the late 1860s, the firm had a catalogue of c.6,000 Swiss, German, French, and other views, corresponding to the main tourist routes. (They also included mountain scenes, mainly from Haute-Savoie.) In 1871 Braun photographed the ravages of the Franco-Prussian War, and scored a political succès de scandale, after the German annexation of Alsace and Lorraine, with a photograph of two girls in the costumes of the lost provinces.


From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Photography and Photographs.

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