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Other: Baron Gros 
Other: Baron Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros 
Other: Baron Jean-Louis de Gros 
Dates:  1793 - 1870
Born:  France
Died:  France, Ivry-sur-Seine
Active:  Greece / Argentina / Great Britain / France
French diplomat and amateur daguerreotypist who traveled widely. He was Chargé d'affaires in Bogota (1837-1844) in Colombia where he took some daguerreotypes. In 1850 he took daguerreotypes in Athens. He headed the earliest photographic society in the world, ‘La Societé Héliographique‘, which was founded in France in 1851. He also took an image of the 1851 Great Exhibition in London.
As a diplomat he was involved with the French Forces during the Second Opium War but it is not thought that he took any photographs. He was also involved in the 1858 "Treaty of Amity and Commerce" signed in Edo that established diplomatic relations beteen between France and Japan.

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Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros 
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Getty Research, Los Angeles, USA has an ULAN (Union List of Artists Names Online) entry for this photographer. This is useful for checking names and they frequently provide a brief biography. Go to website

Printed biographies

The following books are useful starting points to obtain brief biographies but they are not substitutes for the monographs on individual photographers.

• Auer, Michele & Michel 1985 Encyclopedie Internationale Des Photographes de 1839 a Nos Jours / Photographers Encylopaedia International 1839 to the present (Hermance, Editions Camera Obscura) 2 volumes [A classic reference work for biographical information on photographers.] 
• Perez, Nissan N. 1988 Focus East: Early Photography in the Near East 1839-1885 (New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc.) p.174 [Short biography on Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros possibly with example plates.] 
• Weaver, Mike (ed.) 1989 The Art of Photography 1839-1989 (New Haven and London: Yale University Press) p.458 [This exhibition catalogue is for the travelling exhibition that went to Houston, Canberra and London in 1989.] 

Useful printed stuff

If there is an analysis of a single photograph or a useful self portrait I will highlight it here.

• Newhall, Beaumont 1982 The History of Photography - Fifth Edition (London: Secker & Warburg) [One or more photographs by Jean-Baptiste-Louis Gros are included in this classic history.] 
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