EDOUARD DENIS BALDUS
French of German origin (Grünbach 1813 - 1882)
A portrait painter, Baldus came to France in 1838. In 1851 he was one of five photographers commissioned to photograph the great monuments and sites of France as part of the Mission Héliographique. His architectural images, at once very precise and balanced, illustrate a grandiose perspective of space. Théatre Romain à Arles is an example of architectural exactness from a romantic perspective. His albums: Chemins de fer du Nord (1856) and Paris-Lyon à la Méditerranée (PLM, 1859) are masterworks of topographical large format photography (30cm x 40cm and 40cm x 50cm).