Scope and Content of Collection
Title: Exposition Universelle de Paris 1867 album
Date (inclusive): 1867
Bisson, Auguste-Rosalie, 1826-1900
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One album containing 25 photographs taken by Auguste-Rosalie Bisson (Bisson Jeune) and five taken by Charles-Louis Michelez.
The album documents the buildings, grounds and exhibits of the 1867 Paris Exposition universelle in Paris.
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Auguste-Rosalie Bisson, also known as Bisson Jeune (Bisson the younger), was a French photographer. He and his elder brother
Louis-Auguste had a photography studio in Paris, Bisson frères, from 1841-1864.
Charles-Louis Michelez was a French photographer who had a studio in Paris from 1874 to 1884. He specialized in photographing
works of art, and did so at the 1867 Exposition universelle.
Pierre Petit was a French photographer. He learned the daguerreotype process in Paris and then worked in André-Adolphe-Eugène
Disdéri's photography studio. He opened his own studio in Paris in 1862. He was awarded the imperial commission for photographs
of the 1867 Paris Exposition universelle, and is credited as such on the mounts. However, he took none of the photographs
in this album.
When Napoleon III awarded Pierre Petit the exclusive right to take photographs of the exposition, other French photographers
vehemently objected, and they were ultimately given the right to also take some photographs at the exposition.
Open for use by qualified researchers.
Exposition universelle de Paris 1867 album, 1867, The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, Accession no. 2002.R.11.
Cataloged by Michelle Bigelow in 2007. Finding aid encoded by Linda Kleiger and Beth Ann Guynn in 2014.
Scope and Content of Collection
The album contains 25 photograpahs taken by Auguste-Rosalie Bisson and five by Charles-Louis Michelez. Pierre Petit is credited
as holding the imperial commission for photography for the exhibition; however, he took none of the photographs. Almost all
of the photographs in the album show exhibition building exteriors and interiors devoid of people. The photographs may have
been taken before the opening of the exhibition.
The first photograph in the album, by Bisson, is a panoramic view of the entire exhibition, taken from above. Bisson's other
photographs include exteriors of buildings; displays of statuary, paintings, porcelain and crystal; and interior views of
the gallery of machines and the gallery of work. A photograph of the Russian gallery includes a row of men in various ethnic
costumes standing to one side. Another interior gallery view shows the display of a Polish photographer, Maximilian Fajans
of Warsaw; several examples of his work are visible, including portraits of various kinds and landscapes.
Michelez was known for taking photographs of arworks, and three of his photographs are of the Belgian, French, and Italian
displays of paintings and other artworks. Another of Michelez's photographs is an uncaptioned view of horse carriages on a
street; the fifth photograph by him is one of the few photographs in the album depicting people and shows a large group of
The pages are unnumbered. The mounts bear a letterpress caption above the image: Exposition universelle, 1867 Paris. Centered
below each image is a crest with address: Ad
on de la Concession, 47 rue Le Peletier. At the bottom left of each image is a caption identifying the photographer of that
image, variously: Bisson J
ne fecit photo; Michelez fecit photo. At the bottom right of each image is a caption crediting the photographer who held the
imperial commission to photograph the Exposition: Pierre Petit Phot. de la Comm
on Impérial. Typeset captions identifying each image are adhered to the lower right corner of the mounts on 29 of the 30 pages.
Titles are from the captions except for one which is devised.
In original order.
Subjects - Names
Michelez, C., Charles, 1817-ca.1883
Petit, Pierre, 1832-
Subjects - Corporate Bodies
Exposition universelle de 1867 à Paris.
Subjects - Topics
Genres and Forms of Material
Albumen prints--France--19th century
Paris (France)--Description and travel
Photograph albums--France--19th century