From the Mediterranean

After a recent holiday on a Mediterranean island, I have chosen several 19th century photographers from the general area as images for this post.

The first two images are cartes from Seville, Spain, and Florence, Italy. The Spanish image is relatively restrained both in subject and presentation, while Italian exuberance is clearly to the fore in Signor Brogi carte. Not only did Brogi take studio photographs, in a variety of formats (diversi formati) but also examples of a religious nature, such as this one, showing the presentation of the Christ Child to the temple.

The second row again illustrates a contrast of styles between Italy and Spain, with the carte from Seville seeming almost minimalist in design. The two final images are the Portuguese cartes of Fonseca & Co, Porto, and Vidal y Fonseca of Lisbon. Vidal & Fonseca also crop up in south America

Published by qvictoria

A collector of Victorian photographs for many a long year. I'm interested in both the individual photographs and the studio advertising on the 'backs' of the images, Victorian graphic design at its most varied and interesting. My collection of "cartes de visite" photographs is housed in plastic pockets within a series of albums, numerically arranged in order as they are acquired. There are now roughly 3000 photographers and images in all. I use directories, newspapers and genealogical information to research the life and work of each photographer and their studio but there aren't enough hours in the day. This photo is one of my collection, chosen for the gentle expression in the face of the sitter.

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