Photographers everywhere owe this man a measure of gratitude. Victor Regnault was first a scientist. He specialized in chemestry and physics but his hobby as an amateur documentary photographer led to him introducing pyrogallic acid as a developing agent. He would eventually become the founding president of the Société Française de Photographie. Even if you are a digital photographer his contribution to the science of photography helped pave the way to today’s technologies. These images came from Victor Regnault and the Advance of Photography by Laurie Dahlberg. We have added 11 images from this title to the Digital Image Database.
Images clockwise from top left:
Acoustic Experiment (c.1850), Acoustic Experiment (c.1850), Banks of the Seine, Gas Factory (c.1852), View of Sevres Taken from the Manufacture (c.1852)