Alois Löcherer


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(1815–62), German photographer. In 1840, after studying chemistry and pharmacy in Munich, and establishing himself as a pharmacist there, he learned daguerrotypy, possibly from Johann Baptist Isenring. Soon afterwards he also mastered the calotype process. Löcherer was important mainly as a teacher of other photographers, e.g. Franz Hanfstaengl. But, in addition to portraits, he made a famous series of outsize calotypes of the casting, transportation, and erection of Ferdinand von Miller's huge Bavaria statue in Munich (1845–50). In 1852 Löcherer travelled specially to Paris to learn the wet-collodion process.

From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.

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