|Henri Le Secq des Tournelles|
Portrait of Henri Le Secq by Gustave Le Gray
18 August 1818|
26 December 1882
|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).
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. He later started his photographic career under Paul Delaroche.
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.
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