Hippolyte Bayard, "Hera Barberini", 1839
Galerie Daniel Blau at TEFAF 2010, Stand 466
It's all about light this year. Light as it is scattered and coloured by glass; Light as it is spirited by the painter; Light as it is captured by the photographer.
In the words of Eugenia Parry, in her essay on Bayard, “Looking was delicious”. Why should this not still be so, I ask? Hippolyte Bayard is counted among the inventors, artists, and magicians of photography. His works are great rarities in the art market, as he left almost the entirety of his work to the Société Française de Photographie, which he co-founded in 1854. While Daguerre is known for eternalising his images on silver-coated copper plates, it was Bayard who in 1839 was the first on the European continent (excepting Talbot and some others in England) to successfully produce photographs on paper. The ethereal photo of “Hera Barberini” is a direct positive print, and thus a true original and unique. It has been hidden away in the library of a noble French family for 160 years, now to be shown for the first time. We hope to have completed our publication on Bayard, including the rather illuminating discourse, written by Parry, in time to have available at our stand.
My presentation of 16 photographs by Hippolyte Bayard is a singular event