Camille Sylvie

July 31st, 2010 by katielloyd

Camille Sylvie was a pioneer in photography. Working in the late 1850s in Paris, London and briefly in Algeria he made the most beautiful images both of ‘real life’ and of the rich and famous.
An exhibition of these images, some of which have never been exhibited before is on at the National Portrait Gallery until October 24th.

For those who think that it is only in the digital era that pictures have been composed from a variety of shots, the image Twilight on the leaflet is worth studying. It exemplifies an early manipulation.
Composed of four different negatives this image was made in 1859.
My favourite image is the Carte de visite of Adelina Patti as Zerlina in Don Giovanni.

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