Daguerre 1787-1851 Richebourg, Pierre-Ambrose  (French, 1810-1893)

Pierre Ambroise Richebourg (1810-1875) was a Paris optician who was apprentice to Vincent Chevalier and subsequently opened his own shop in Paris on Quai de l’Horloge. Richebourg is most noted as a student of Louis Daguerre and as a master of the daguerreotype method of photography. He was also the first person to take daguerrotype images using a solar microscope under the direction of Alfred Donné at the college of France. His photo documentation of Paris using the daguerreotype technique in the 1840s, and his position as an official photographer in Paris during the 1850s and 60s provides an historically important documentation of Paris in the mid 19th Century.

The original daguerreotype of this portrait is at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

Reproduced / Exhibited

Paul Nadar, Paris Photographe, Vol 1 No 1, 1891, pg 2