Collecting the images of the early photographers has been the passion of André Jammes for years. We owe him gratitude for his efforts to retain the first full flowering of photography a century ago. For though photography was born or invented in both England and France at the same time, it was France that the muse of photography first graced.
Public pictures by the camera were first made during the last months of 1839, but neither these very early works nor subsequent photographs generated from a vacuum. Picture making was as revolutionized by the camera as was the photograph a part of current pictorial sensibilities.
List of Works Lent to the Exhibition by the George Eastman House
List of Works Lent to the Exhibition by the Metropolitan Museum of Art
The unusual expression "primitive photography" requires a definition; while it is obviously easy to give a title to an exhibition, it is more difficult to justify it. French primitive photographers flourished during a relatively brief period, roughly from 1850 to 1865 allowing exceptions for forerunners and latecomers.