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Moulin, Algérie album
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The collection comprises an album entitled Algérie containing 25 albumen photographs by Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin and 14 loose albumen prints of Algeria, ten of which are by Moulin, along with one photograph each by P. Famin & Cie (Paul Famin) and Veuve Plasse & Oberty, and two photographs by unidentified photographers.
The French photographer, Félix-Jacques-Antoine Moulin was born in 1802. Little is known regarding his training as a photographer, but by 1849 Moulin was selling daguerreotypes of nudes from his Paris studio at 31 bis rue du Faubourg Montmartre. Purportedly created as academy or nude studies for use by artists, Moulin's images seemed to have had a wider audience and his sitters were often teenage girls. In 1851, his premises along with those of Jules Malacrida, an optician and dealer, and Mme. veuve René, another daguerreotypist, were raided. The three were tried together for the possession and sale of "obscene objects" in a closed-door session of the Cour d'assises de la Seine. Moulin was sentenced to a month in prison and fined 100 francs. After his release Moulin reopened his studio using another entrance that went through 23, rue Richer. Throughout his career Moulin continued to produce and exhibit female nudes, protercting himself by placing copies of them on legal deposit at the Bibliothèque Impériale, Paris.
3 Linear Feet 2 boxes (1 album and 14 loose photographs)
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