Projet d’Éventail Demachy, Robert  (French, 1859-1936)

Robert de La Sizeranne (1866-1932) was a French art historian, critic and author. His La Photographie est elle un Art? was first published as a treatise advocating for pictorial photography to be recognized as an art form in the December 1897 issue of the Paris journal Revue des Deux Mondes. The work however was not illustrated, and criticism of Sizeranne’s writing on the subject was apparently severe enough for him to have it re-issued along with examples of hand-pulled photogravures and numerous halftone plates in 1899 by the Paris publisher Hachette & Cie under the same title. The work is illustrated with 7 full page plates described as photo-engravings executed by J. Craig Annan and the héliogravure atelier of Dujardin.

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Goldschmidt Lucien Weston J Naef and Grolier Club. 1980. The Truthful Lens : A Survey of the Photographically Illustrated Book 1844-1914. 1st ed. New York: Grolier Club. no 102