|Other: J. Laurent
Other: Jean Laurent
Other: Juan Laurent Minier
|1816, 23 July - 1886, 24 November
|France, Burgundy, Nevers (Nièvre), Garchizy
|Spain / Portugal / France
Born in France in 1816 as Jean Laurant and in 1843 he became a resident of Madrid in Spain taking the name Juan. Until the end of 1855 he ran a business producing cardboard boxes and paper. In 1856 he rented premises at "Carrera de San Jerónimo," 39, Madrid and at this location he establised his studio. He established himself quickly and from 1861 until 1868 he used the title "Photographer of her Majesty the Queen" (Fotógrafo de Su Majestad la Reina) and became one of the great photographers of nineteenth century Spain and Portugal. He took a vast variety of subjects including city views, architecture, historic monuments, old master paintings and local inhabitants of all social classes. His output was prolific and around 12,000 wet plate collodion glass negatives have been attributed to the J. Laurent studio and he published nearly twenty catalogues of the photographs his studio had for sale. He is buried in the Cementerio de Nuestra Señora de La Almudena in Madrid and his gravestone uses the Spanish version of his name: Juan.
Take care with the biographical information on this photographer as factual errors are frequently repeated in publications.
One of the most frequently repeated errors is that "He opened a Daguerreotype studio in Paris under the name "Laurent & Company" in 1843." There is no proof of this.
In many sources both published and online the date of his death is given as 1890 or 1892. More recent research proves that the date was 24 November 1886.
[Juan (rarely as Jean) Laurent] 90 rue de Richelieu, Paris; issued "Vues musées et Costumes d'Espagne et du Portugal", extensive series to #1453, some dtd. early 70s; all seen are of Spanish scy., many on dark blue mts.; also used blindstamp & monogram JL. Many early views are hyperstereos by single-lens camera; unclear which was his major base.
T.K. Treadwell & William C. Darrah (Compiled by), Wolfgang, Sell (Updated by), 11/28/2003, Photographers of the World (Non-USA), (National Stereoscopic Association)
|Credit: National Stereoscopic Association with corrections and additions by Alan Griffiths and others.
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