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Originally trained as a painter, Marville was commissioned in the 1850s to document the old sections of Paris before Napoleon III and Baron Haussmann cut great boulevards through them. Marville had a taste for the picturesque and great facility with the photographic medium. His use of light and shadow and his fondness for the old streets of Paris showed in his sympathetic, yet dignified images. There is a haunting stillness in images like this one in the 1st arrondissement, due to the inability of the camera’s long exposures to capture movement.

Charles Marville
French, 1816–1879
Rue de la Monnaie
1865
Albumen print
Image/sheet: 11 5/16 x 10 11/16 in. (28.7 x 27.1 cm); mount: 23 7/8 x 16 ¼ in. (60.6 x 41.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 82.9.1