One of Baldus's most celebrated images, a remarkable technical accomplishment, printed from ten joined paper negatives.
In order to create this view and to provide an exposure that retained detail, Baldus photographed the cloisters in sections. This allowed him to compensate for the effects of light and dark.
Saint-Trophime in Arles was built in the eleventh and twelfth century and is a powerful example of French Romanesque architecture. Gothic cloisters were added to the existing cloisters in the fourteenth century.
The church of Saint-Trophime has a special place in the history of early photography being a place of pilgrimage for Baldus, Negre and Em. Pec., each of whom produced works there that rank amongst their finest.
Cloitres de Saint-Trophime, Arles
Lightly albumenised salt print
20.4 x 23.2 cms (8.02 x 9.12 ins)
Mounted on original card Stamped signature lower right
Malcolm Daniel, Barry Bergdoll, The Photographs of Edouard Baldus, New York: The Metropolitan Musuem of Art, 1994
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