In France photography was offered to the nation. Chemists and artists multiply their experiments without neglecting the study of Talbot's processes. In 1847 Blanquart-Evrard and Guillot-Saguez publish independently of one another their improvements of the calotype.
Twelve years earlier Dr. Guillot, a chemist, had married Amélie Saguez, a painter. The couple used the double name Guillot-Saguez for art and business.
Italy irresistibly appeals the first French photographers for a practical reason. They need a strong sunlight to process their sensitive emulsions extremely slow at that time. The Guillot-Saguez join in 1845 this small community that uses to meet in Rome in the Caffè Greco.
Amélie makes photos. She is the only female artist in the group. In 1847 she assembles in an album 37 salt paper prints to the attention of a woman from whom she feels very close. Several pictures are signed either in the negative or in ink on the photo. This series includes an interesting variety of Roman monuments and themes including the close-up portrait of a pifferaro.
The album is estimated € 200K for sale by Christie's in Paris on November 10, lot 66.
This exceptional set anticipates by four years the four major technical and cultural advances that finally allow photography to compete with lithography as a major technique of illustration : the invention of the wet collodion process by Archer, the creation of the Imprimerie Photographique by Blanquart-Evrard, the foundation of the Société Héliographique and the recognition by the Commission des monuments historiques of the irreplaceable advantage of the photographic accuracy.
SOLD for € 210K before fees