Henri Le Secq

Henri Le Secq

Henri Le Secq des Tournelles
Portrait of Henri Le Secq by Gustave Le Gray
Born (1818-08-18)18 August 1818
Died 26 December 1882(1882-12-26) (aged 64)
Occupation Photographer, Painter, Sculptor, Collector

Jean-Louis-Henri Le Secq des Tournelles (18 August 1818 – 26 December 1882) was a French painter and photographer. After the French government made the daguerreotype open for public in 1839, Le Secq was one of the five photographers selected to carry out a photographic survey of architecture (Commission des Monuments Historiques).[1]

Early life

Jean-Louis-Henri Le Secq des Tournelles was born in 1818 in Paris from a ancient noble family from Normandy. His father was a politician. He was trained in sculpture and worked in several studios. He was also a collector of wrought iron objects and the Musée le Secq des Tournelles in Rouen is devoted to him.[2] He later started his photographic career under Paul Delaroche.[3]

Middle years

He experimented with various photograph processing techniques together with his colleague Société héliographique (1851–1853).[5]

Large figures on the North porch, Chartres Cathedral[6]

Later years

He gave up photography after 1856 but continued to paint and collect art. Around 1870 he started reprinting his famous works as cyanotypes as he was afraid of possible loss due to fading. He gave the reprints dates of the original negatives, some of which are still in good condition.[7]


  1. ^ "History of photography by Robert Laggat". Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  2. ^ "Musées de la ville de Rouen". Archived from the original on 2007-03-17. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  3. ^ "Biography at eastman.org". Archived from the original on 2006-12-07. Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  4. ^ "Luminous-Lint". Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Getty Museum". Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  6. ^ "The Metropolitan Museum of Art". Retrieved 2007-03-22. 
  7. ^ Ware, Mike. Cyanotype : The history, science and art of photographic printing in Prussian blue.  


External links

  • Photographic exhibitions in Britain 1835 - 1865
  • Article in TIME