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Rural landscape autochromes. Nancy, France, 1910s

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Rural landscape autochromes. Nancy, France, 1910s

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L’École nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy est propriétaire d’un fonds d’autochromes exceptionnel, déposé dans sa bibliothèque. Cette collection est composée de 6 370 autochromes de format 9 x 12 cm. Cette œuvre est due à Julien Gérardin, notaire à Nancy et photographe amateur. Bourgeois vivant dans un décor voué à l’art moderne nancéien, il pratique la photographie dès janvier 1899, date à laquelle il est admis au sein de la Société Lorraine de Photographie, une association de photographes amateurs parmi les plus importantes de France (540 membres en 1900). Les photographies ont été prises entre 1907 et 1919, sur une aire géographique qui correspond globalement à la Lorraine restée française après le Traité de Francfort.

In 1980, the École Nationale Supérieure D'Art de Nancy found 59 boxes of autochromes, with 6,370 photographs in 9×12 cm format in its archives. All autochromes were taken between 1907 and 1919 in the part of Lorraine that remained French after the Treaty of Frankfurt. The collection was digitized in 2012. The themes photographed are varied: portraits, urban and rural landscapes, composite scenes, and nudes. The collection is kept at the National School of Art in Nancy. Julien Gérardin was a notary and an amateur photographer in Nancy, France, where he was born on March 28, 1860. He started practicing photography in 1899, the year of his admission to the Lorraine Society of Photography. Lorraine Society of Photography was an important association of amateur photographers and included more than 500 members in 1900. He made a projection presentation of his first autochromes to society in May 1908. Julien Gérardin was also a member of the Société centrale D'Horticulture de Nancy, which dedicated a prize to him, awarded for the first time in 2016. Single and childless, Julien Gérardin died in 1924, in Nancy, at the age of 64.

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1909 - 1911
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L’École nationale supérieure d’art et de design de Nancy
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