De Brebisson was a botanist as well as a photographer working in Normandy in the 19th Century. In 1841 he wrote a treatise on the daguerreotype before turning to and publishing essays on paper negatives in 1848 and then glass in 1850. Like his friend Humbert de Molard, de Brebisson was an accomplished amateur, but unlike him, he stayed largely in Normandy and did not go to Paris so the he was not tempted to print more than a few works. His personal album now held by the Musee d'Orsay contains prints by his contemporaries including Bayard, Le Gray, Vigier, Le Secq and de Clercq. De Brebisson took photographs of architecture, some of which were printed by Blanquard-Evrard in 1851 in his Album de l'artiste et l'amateur. He also did a series of calotype portraits of his entourage. His son wrote on the early career of his father in Souvenirs d'un amateur-photographe published in 1900.
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