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Herman Moser

Germany, Australia

1838 – 1905

  • Details

    Media category
    Materials used
    carte de visite
    5.9 x 9.4 cm image; 6.3 x 10.2 cm mount card
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 2014
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Herman Moser

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Herman Moser was a professional photographer and jeweller. Born in Germany, he immigrated to Australia with his family in 1848 and settled in South Australia. In the late 1850s he established himself as a jeweller in the gold-mining town of Ballarat and by 1866 was running a photographic studio. Moser was commissioned to take views of Ballarat for exhibition at the Melbourne Intercolonial Exhibition. He showed photographs at the Vienna and London exhibitions of 1873, which were awarded a gold medal at the latter. In 1876 Moser gave up his photographic business for farming.

    A carte de visite is a stiff card of about 10 x 6.4 cm, with an attached paper photograph, invented in 1854 by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disderi. They were introduced into Australia in 1859 by William Blackwood with albums arriving in 1860, aiding the collection and distribution of multiple cartes. Cartes were usually portraits and were made by the millions worldwide. Multi-lens, or ‘multiplying’ cameras were introduced in the 1860s, which were capable of producing from 2 to 32 images in quick succession, dramatically increasing the number of cartes de visite that could be made from a single photographic plate. They were easily reproduced by making paper contact prints from the glass plates, which were then cut and pasted to card.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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