Exposition d’ Art Photographique Artwork

Motif for the poster of the exposition d’ Art Photographique (photographic art exhibition) of the Photo-club de Paris, 1896. Before the type.

For the third annual Salon hosted in 1896 by the Photo-Club de Paris, a deluxe exhibition catalogue was published featuring four hand-pulled photogravures. Issued in French wraps, it featured as cover art a maiden holding out a sunflower bloom standing next to a grouping of sunflower plants by French artist Edme Couty as a multiple-color lithograph. Printed on laid paper, the majority of the 76 page catalogue is devoted to an international, alphabetical listing of 223 individual photographers whose work- 635 frames in all- was accepted and hung in the Salon by an 11-member jury.

Held at the Galerie des Champs-Élysées in Paris from May 12-31, 1896, the Salon catalogue includes a three-page overview of the exhibition signed by Robert Demachy and separate pages for rules of admission; (Règlement) jury members; (Jury d’Admission) and an abbreviation (Abréviations) page outlining 19 separate print processes used by the accepted entrants. (albumen, bromide, platinum, gum bichromate, etc.) [1]

Reproduced / Exhibited

Musée Carnavalet Histoire de Paris Inventory number : G.36204


[1] photoseed.com/collection/group/1896-exposition-dart-photographique-salon-catalogue/ cited 02/23/23