She is well tinted with helmet and spear, showing one breast. Her armor, shield and leopard skin are piled up on the right side of the image. Photographer's name and address on glass passe-partout in gold letters. Listed at 110 rue Richelieu, where his studio was located from about 1852 until 1858.
Bruno-Auguste Braquehais was born in Dieppe, France on Jan. 18, 1823. He studied at the Institute Royal des Sourds-Muets in Paris. He worked in lithography in Normandy, and returned to Paris after the 1848 Revolution, where he took up painting. In 1850 he married Laure Mathilde Gouin (about 1829-after 1889), the daughter of a noted Paris daguerreotypist.
By 1850 Braquehais was marketing colored daguerreotypes at his studio address, Place de la Madeleine 10, Paris.
From accounts, Braquehais was indeed a mute; at meetings of the Societe Francaise de Photographie, it was Felix Jacques Moulin who often spoke on his behalf. His handicap affected even his photographic approach: his images are cluttered with accessories that left models stranded, their bodies draped with veils in shroud-like fashion and with nothing to relieve their stiff, theatrical stance, but still, the nuanced lighting used by the artist imbues his beautifully indifferent models with a degree of carnal presence that is rarely observed in work by his contemporaries.
Upon his father-in-law's death in 1855, Braquehais took over Gouin's studio, where he was joined by his wife and mother-in-law. Gouin's daughter was also a photographer, who had been trained by her father, as well as--thanks to her mother's training--a colorist. He and his wife worked jointly in creating nude figure studies and producing stereoscopic portraits. They specialized in daguerreotypes, a technique they would be one of the last to use in Paris.
Braquehais participated in several exhibitions: the Paris Exhibition in 1863 and again in 1864; Berlin the next year; then in 1867 again Paris, where he received honorable mention. In 1869 he teamed up with Despaquis, who had been granted Poitevin's carbon process patents.
His last known activity was a photographic reportage on the Commune of Paris (1871), entitled "Photographies Parisiennes" ("Parisian Photographs").
He died in La Celle-Saint-Cloud on Feb. 13, 1875.
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Medium Stereo daguerreotype
Mount in glass enameled mount with gold gilt border
Photo Date 1850s Print Date 1850s
Dimensions 3-5/16 x 6-7/8 in. (85 x 175 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
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