Emile Frechon

Discussion in 'Large Format' started by matthew_runde, Mar 13, 2002.

  1. I would like to share a discovery with you, the helpful members of this forum, and I would like to have your thoughts on it.

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    I have come across photographs by Emile Frechon, a French photographer who photographed in Algeria around the 1900s. I know that he photographed in France, too, but I am most interested in his photographs of Algeria.

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    I am intrigued by the way in which his photographs seem to glow. I read that he printed with gold, which may account for that fact. I am also intrigued by how otherworldly Algeria and other places look in his photographs; the light looks like a Biblical painting, and seems to be present in every part of the photographs, including the shadows.

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    I have seen only a handful of his photographs on the Internet. Here are a few:

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    http://www.jmcfaber.at/inventory/classic/frechon.htm

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    http://gallery19th21st.free.fr/19e/pages%2019e/pages-images/page1-19e/Frechon02.htm

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    http://www.iphotocentral.com/search/full_image.php?uSID=3142de4f8d59b597454660fd505b85b1&myNum=0&strImg=..%2FPhotos%2FVintageWorks_Images%2FFull%2F3525Frechonboats.JPG&iID=970 .

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    Again, I would like to know what you think of his photographs. If you know mor about him, I would appreciate that, too.

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    Thank you!
     
  2. The photos are lovely. They are all identified as silver images,
    though obviously heavily toned. Usually gold toning cools a silver
    image, though there are exceptions to this when gold is combined with
    other toners. Others may have a better idea what toning was used by
    looking at the shots. One shot is identified as "silver pigment,"
    which is a completely unknown process to me, and might be a mis-
    translation from French for all I know.

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    Good luck in your search,

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    Nathan
     
  3. looks like albumen. it's a silver handcoating process. beautiful
    stuff!

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    regards
    ec
     
  4. Beautiful work...
    Ah, those 100 + years old lenses... those emulsions...
     
  5. I think the photos are quite nice, but my 6 year old laptop screen
    does not do justice to the subtle hues of what may be albumen prints.

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    As a side note, in case you really want to dig into the subject of
    albumen and such closely related print-out techniques, check out this
    site for more in-depth studies of it:
    http://albumen.stanford.edu/library/monographs/reilly/index.html

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    It's one of the best examples of how one can produce an electronic
    version of an out-of-print book. Lovely, IMO. Just makes me want to
    get to grips with eggs and chemicals. :)
     

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