Photo Modernism, circa 1850

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Gustave Le Gray
(1820-1884) was the most important photographer of the Second Empire in France. He initiated a new way of seeing, and his students went on to pioneer styles of photography that seem startlingly modern 160 years later.

See the work of Le Gray and his students in this LensCulture article.

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