Braun, Adolphe - Et la Photographie 1812-1877/Français
Adolphe Braun, The photographic escape
From 17 February to 14 May 2018, the Unterlinden Museum in Colmar presents a retrospective dedicated to the photographer Adolphe Braun (1812-1877). Braun was a French photographer of the most influential of the 19th century. This retrospective, conceived by the photography department of the City Museum in Munich, offers a complete panorama of his work, illustrated with original prints, many of which will be exhibited for the first time.
Adolphe Braun (1812-1877), a photographer active from 1851 to 1877, focused his work on various themes and formats, at a time characterized by the emergence of series printing and the proliferation of technical processes.
The house Braun & Cie , which he founded in Alsace, became in the second half of the 19th century as a company pioneering photography and one of the most productive of its time. Rich in a substantial catalog, it markets its prints in Europe and North America: still lifes of flowers, mountain landscapes, cityscapes, panoramas, animal and architectural studies, reproductions of famous works of art.
A European photographic enterprise in the 19th century
Led by Dr. Ulrich Pohlmann and Paul Mellethin, with the cooperation of Franziska Kunze, Éditions Schirmer.
Thanks to twenty or so paintings and prints (Claude Monet, Gustave Courbet, Eugène Fromentin, Jean-Jacques Henner, Rosa Bonheur, etc.), the exhibition focuses on the close relationship between Braun's photography and the world of the figurative arts. The presentation of shooting equipment from the large French photographic collections recalls the importance of technical progress, as do the glass plate negatives from the Braun company's historic collection, preserved by the Unterlinden Museum and the Haut Département.