Galerie Livet in France Exhibits Prints from the Birth of Photography, Mid 19th Century

Man from Tangier, 1859, by Gustave de Beaucorps<br />Photograph: Galerie Livet”id=”BLOGGER_PHOTO_ID_5225566750595808738″ /></a><br />Most of us dabble in frivolous use of cell phone and digital cameras on the regular, but do we ever stop and think about the birth of photography? </p>
<p>A unique photographic exhibit features prints from the early years of photography, before 1910. People back then didn’t have instant access to a camera the way we do. There was no flash technology so sitting still for a few minutes was required at times. Photography was even used to document eerie subjects like the dead so they could live on in their family’s memories. </p>
<p>The exhibit is titled “Trois ou quatre choses que je sais d’elle, la photographie (Three or Four Things I Know about Photography)” and continues until August 2, 2008 at the Galerie Livet, a small museum located in the village of Saint-Germain-le-Vasson in Normandy, France.</p>
<p>For a sneak peak without having to step foot in France, you can <a href=view the Guardian Weekly’s online slideshow of 11 prints from the photographic exhibit at Galerie Livet. I’ve used this portrait of a Tangier man to illustrate this post because it’s a classic example of how the photographic medium was also used as a tool in the field of “ethnic” studies. The Guardian Weekly article grossly points out how the “sense of empathy is so strong [for the subject] that it quite surpasses conventional ethnic studies.”

PHOTO: Man from Tangier, 1859, by Gustave de Beaucorps, Galerie Livet

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