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Wegner & Mottu 
Portrait of an Unknown Young Man 
1865 (ca) 
Carte de visite 
Carte-de-visite portraits were the major source of income for professional photographers. Wegner, a German lithographer, established himself in Amsterdam in 1849. We know with certainty that he already had a photography studio in 1855, and from 1862 he worked together with Mottu. The duo became the city’s most sought-aftersociety photographers. This photograph – presumably of an assistant – was a joke: the young man was also recorded from behind. 

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