Naked Study #55

Étude de nu n°577 Print on salted paper from a collodion glass negative Bibliothèque nationale de France, 1855

Very little is known about mid-19th century photographer Louis-Camille d'Olivier.  After the the 1860s the history of this prolific photographer of early erotica simply vanished. We do know he was a progenitor of a nascent art form considered mechanical and superficial. Today, d'Olivier's multiple images of the female form are widely sought after by collectors.