(1820/24–93), Swiss-born Italian inventor, photographer, and publisher. After six years in Paris perfecting his technique for making albumen prints, he established himself in Venice c. 1852. Here he exploited the growing market for photographic souvenirs, producing a Ricordo di Venezia album containing twenty views apparently chosen by the client. His shop on the Piazza San Marco also sold work by other Venetian photographers, often under Ponti's name. He invented new camera lenses and the Megalethoscope, a device for creating diorama-like ‘day-for-night’ effects.
From The Oxford Companion to the Photograph in Oxford Reference.
Subjects: Photography and Photographs.