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Pierre Joseph Rossier (16 July 1829 – 22 October 1886) was a pioneering Swiss photographer whose albumen photographs, which include stereographs and cartes-devisite, comprise portraits, cityscapes, and landscapes.

He was commissioned by the London firm of Negretti and Zambra to travel to Asia and document the progress of the Anglo-French troops in the Second Opium War and, although he failed to join that military expedition, he remained in Asia for several years, producing the first commercial photographs of China, the Philippines, Japan and Siam (now Thailand).

He was the first professional photographer in Japan, where he trained Ueno Hikoma, Maeda Genz?, Horie Kuwajir?, as well as lesser known members of the first generation of Japanese photographers. In Switzerland he established photographic studios in Fribourg and Einsiedeln, and he also produced images elsewhere in the country.

Rossier is an important figure in the early history of photography not only because of his own images, but also because of the critical impact of his teaching in the early days of Japanese photography.

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Photo Detail - Pierre Rossier - Thai Isan Woman
Pierre Rossier Thai Isan Woman

Price $1,250

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Ref.# 16020

Medium Albumen print from glass plate negative

Mount on original mount

Photo Date 1862  Print Date 1862

Dimensions 8-3/4 x 6-7/8 in. (222 x 175 mm)

Photo Country Thailand

Photographer Country Switzerland


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