In the next S&I Media conference (18-20 June), Carlos Teixidor (Cultural Heritage Institute, Madrid) will present the photographs taken by Jean Laurent in Portugal in 1869. A unique opportunity to see these negatives (Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora), and screened in 3D!
The stereoscopic negatives by J. Laurent. Views of Portugal in 1869
Jean (or Juan) Laurent started to work as a photographer in 1856 and by 1857 he was already taking stereoscopic views. Between 1861 and 1868 he was announced as the photographer for Queen Elizabeth II of Spain. In 1869 he traveled to Portugal to obtain city views and portrait the Portuguese royal family.
All his negatives from Portugal were made with the technique of wet collodion glass plates, using a small carriage as a photographic darkroom. Most of the prints were on albumin paper, but also some on leptographic paper. The Laurent archive is preserved in the Cultural Heritage Institute in Madrid. In total there are about 12,000 negatives by Laurent and his hired photographers. Among the stereoscopic negatives (13 x 18 cm format) there are 78 views of Portugal, mainly from Lisbon, Batalha, Tomar, Coimbra, Porto, Setúbal and Évora.
Carlos Teixidor Cadenas is the curator of historical photography at the Institute of Cultural Heritage of Spain (IPCE), Ministry of Culture and Sports, in Madrid. He has published several books, such as “Photography in the Canary Islands and Madeira. The era of daguerreotype, collodion and albumen 1839-1900” and “The postcard in Spain. 1892-1915” (Espasa, 1999).