Edouard-Denis Baldus moved from his native Germany to Paris, in 1838, and continued his practice of painting before beginning to experiment with photography in the late 1840s. With the French government’s Mission Héliographique, he captured various monuments and architectural sites: vestiges of the past accounted with precision for architects and historians. - theredlist.com
Baldus coursed the dirt roads of the countryside by horse-drawn cart, moving from ruined castle to thatched hut, from pilgrimage church to paper mill, from town square to wooded chasm, through the fertile lowlands and rugged mountains of the Auvergne, in central France. Perhaps owing to the different physical character of this region, Baldus made photographs of the land itself, adding a poetic force to the graphic power and documentary value of his earlier photographs. - The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Lacan says of him: “He is a painter, he knows how to choose viewpoints and how to direct your admiration. Each of his prints is a poem, at the same time savage, melancholy and harmonious, like a Lamartime meditation. He takes you to the depths of deep gorges…”. - klotzgallery.com
He changed from the calotype to the collodion process in 1854 and made for the government a complete documentation of the new wing of the Louvre in over 2000 detail photographs. Highly respected by the end of the decade, he received the Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1860. He photographed Paris again in the early 1860s, the last of his active work.- National Gallery of Art
Édouard Baldus was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer.
Édouard-Denis Baldus was born on June 5, 1813 in Grünebach, Prussia. He was originally trained as a painter and had also worked as a draughtsman and lithographer before switching to photography in 1849.Original article