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Auguste Salzmann

French, 1824-1872

Auguste Salzmann Photography

Auguste Salzmann was born in 1824 in Alsace, France and first began his artistic career as a painter, studying under his brother Henri-Gustave. In 1847, 1849 and 1850 Auguste Salzmann had his paintings exhibited in the Paris Salon. One of Auguste Salzmann's primary interests was archaeology, and this prompted him to visit the Holy Land in 1854 on a mission sponsored by the Ministry of Public Interest. His journey was cut short by illness, but he had managed to make 150 calotypes of historical monuments in Egypt and Jerusalem. After returning from the Middle East, Auguste Salzmann entrusted his plates to Blanquart-Evrard who published two photographically illustrated volumes on Jerusalem.

Although his main area of interest was in archaeology, he was an accomplished photographer and made technically refined salt prints. In 1855 he won a second place medal in Paris for his photographs of Palestine. Throughout the 1860s, he devoted himself to archaeological work in Rhodes and continued to photograph. Auguste Salzmann passed away in Paris in 1872.

For more information, see MacMillan Biographical Encyclopedia of Photographic Artists & Innovators, MacMillan Publishing Company, 1983.


  • Alain Paviot, Galerie Octant, Auguste Salzmann, Paris: Galerie Octant, 1979.
  • Marc Pagneux, Auguste Salzmann, Paris: Piasa Drouot Richelieu, May 14, 2004.
  • Marc Pagneux, Auguste Salzmann, Jerusalem: 174 Photographies 1854, Paris: Picard Audep Solanet Velliet Teissedre, 2004.
  • Andre Jammes, Eugenia Parry Janis, The Art of French Calotype, 1845-1870, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1983.
  • Isabelle Jammes, Blanquart-Evrard et les Origines de l Edition Photographique Francaise, Geneve, Paris: Librairie Droz, 1981.


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