Gustave Le Gray Edit Profile
He was originally trained as a painter, studying under François-Édouard Picot and Paul Delaroche.
Le Gray operated a portrait studio at the Barrière de Clichy in Paris from 1848 to 1859. His whereabouts were unaccounted for from 1859 to 1864, when he is known to have left Paris. In 1865 he had resettled in Cairo, where he painted and taught drawing. Le Gray was the first to introduce the possibilities of the use of collodion in photography (in 1850); with collodion he eventually succeeded in producing pictures with relatively short exposure time.
A landscape and seascape photographer who also did some portraiture, Le Gray was most noted for having initiated combination printing. The cloud effects he achieved with his waxed- paper negative and collodion wet-plate negatives and his salt-and-albumen prints caused a sensation in his day. He also recorded architecture and scenes of military life.
A founder-member of the Société Héliographique in 1851.