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CHARLES NÈGRE
[1820 – 1880] pioneering photographer
Photography does not form a separate, barren field of art. It is only a means of execution, uniform, rapid and sure, which serves the artist by reproducing with mathematical precision the form and effect of objects and even that poetry which at once arises from any harmonious combination. - Charles Nègre

Being a painter myself... whenever I could dispense with architectural precision, I indulged in the picturesque, in which case I sacrificed a few details when necessary in favor of an imposing effect that would give a monument its real character and also preserve the poetic charm that surrounds it. - Charles Nègre

If art is the poetic interpretation of nature, photography is the exact translation; it is exactitude in art or the complement of art. - Charles Nègre

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