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Silver Mirrors

by Girault de Prangey 
Images of Switzerland, France and the Near East

A reference book
"Though at this time I do not dare speak of these places, I am taking a precious imprint of them with me, unquestionably faithful, that neither time nor distance shall impair." 

J.-P. Girault de Prangey, 173, Constantinople, Surudjé, 1843., daguerréotype, 12,1 x 9,5 cm. Christie's Image Ltd. 

The publication MIROIRS D’ARGENT – Daguerréotypes de Girault de Prangey traces the unusual journey of Joseph-Philibert Girault de Prangey (1804-1892): an artist trained in drawing and painting in Parisian studios, an erudite aristocrat allured by progress and the innovation of the daguerreotype (photograph on a silver coated copper plate), an intrepid explorer enchanted by the East and finally an eccentric botanist, recluse in his oriental style home in Courcelles-Val-d’Esnoms (Haute-Marne). 
His photographs, watercolours and engravings attest to his passion for monuments of the Middle Ages and Antiquity, both at home and abroad: the cathedral of Notre-Dame in Paris, the Alhambra in Granada, the Acropolis in Athens and the Karnak temple. 

J. P. Girault de Prangey, 196. Karnak. Pylône, pris de l'ouest. 1842-1843, daguerréotype, 24,2 x 18,7. Christie's Image Ltd.

Between 1845 and 1850, Girault de Prangey also photographed in Switzerland. All of his Swiss views were recently rediscovered and are now preserved at the Musée gruérien. They portray the photographer’s fascination with sublime nature (in the Mer-de-Glace in Chamonix), with modernity (in the architecture of the château de l’Aile in Vevey) and with the picturesque (in the narrow streets of Meiringen in the Bernese Highlands). 
The Mer-de-Glace near the Mont-Blanc, by J.-P. Girault de Prangey. Musée gruérien.
All of these are reproduced in their original format. Renowned specialists present the significance of this exceptional patrimony in a copiously illustrated, well-documented and easily readable book. MIROIRS D’ARGENT – Daguerréotypes de Girault de Prangey is a reference book that will inspire travellers, historians and photographers alike.
Ed. Slatkine - Musée gruérien
30 x 24 cm, 192 pages, 200 images. 


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