A carte de visite is a stiff card of about 11.4 x 6.4 cm, with an attached paper photograph, invented in 1854 by André-Adolphe-Eugène Disderi. 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. They were often collated into albums.
Place where the work was made
hard bound album of carte de visite photographs 41 pages; 22 carte de visites; 1 engraving; 1 line block print; 1 relief halftone print; brown buckram cover; metal detail on cover
22 carte de visites: each 8.6 x 5.4 cm image/sheet; engraving: 4.3 x 8.1 cm image; 10.0 x 12.6 cm sheet; line black print: 13.9 x 10.8 cm sheet; relief halftone print: 14.1 x 10.1 cm sheet; Album: 15.4 x 11.7 x 3.1 cm (open); 15.4 x 22.6 x 3.0 cm (closed); 14.0 x 11.0 cm (page)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Josef & Jeanne Lebovic, Sydney 2014
Not on display