PhotographerConstant Puyo



VolumeNotes sur La Photographie Artistique

AtelierCharles Wittmann (Paris), Paul Dujardin (Paris)


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Allegorical, Marginalia, Night, The Stage


Image Dimensions: 21.7 x 16.3 cm planche 8
Support Dimensions: 32.0 x 24.0 cm

This photograph is used to illustrate the chapter titled Sur la Lumière Artificielle (artificial lighting) beginning on page #34. 

For this photograph lit by an artificial light source, Constant Puyo has constructed his studio space to resemble a back stage setting, with the female model poised with dagger-in-hand peering out of a small slit in a nearby curtain. The large circular charger seen in the shadows at left of model is a prop that shows up in other Puyo photographs from this era. This hand-pulled photogravure plate is a tour-de-force of gravure printing, with the details of studio accoutrements showing up fully in the saturated shadow areas of the plate.