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Pioneer of Photography

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The Munich City Museum presents the first retrospective of French photographer Adolphe Braun (1812–1877) to be hosted within a German-speaking country. Adolphe Braun – A European Photography Business and the 19th-Century Visual Arts will be open from 6 October 2017 to 21 January 2018. The exhibition draws on the museum’s own extensive collection, along with loans from around the world. The resulting showcase comprises around 400 of the photographer’s original prints, complemented by a display of 20 paintings by international artists.

Adolphe Braun (1812–1877) ranks among the most prominent and influential photographers of 19th-century Europe. In 1855, he presented a series of more than 300 floral studies at the Paris Universal Exposition, marking the beginning of his artistic career. From 1860 onwards, he captured the scenery of the Swiss Alps with his large-format camera. Some of these images served as templates for paintings by Gustave Courbet.  

In addition to focusing on still lifes, animal studies, architectural and landscape photography, Braun also dedicated himself to the reproduction of artworks. In fact, the Braun company was a market leader in the precise reproduction of paintings, sculptures and drawings, and was eventually passed on Adolphe Braun’s son in 1877.

Further information at Münchner Stadtmuseum

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