André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri

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André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri, Self Portrait

André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (born 28 March 1819 in Paris; † 4 October 1889 in the same city) was a French photographer and inventor.[1]


“The legs of the opera”, patented mosaic painting, c. 1862

Disdéri patented his so-called carte-de-visite (visiting card portrait) process in 1854, which used a multi-lens camera to capture a series of eight portrait images on collodion negative material. This method soon became a success, displacing all older methods of commercial portrait photography.

In 1858, Disdéri invented what is known as the mosaic picture, in which photographs of different people or views are combined into one photograph[2].


  • In the chapter: Photography in the Second Empire (1851-1870). In:Gisèle Freund: Photography and Society. Munich (German edition from * 1974; several editions and issues)

Web links

Commons: André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri– Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual references

  1. André Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri biography at Encyclopedia Britannica
  2. Ludwig Hoerner (ed.), Franz Rudolf Zankl (co-ed.): Hannover in frühen Photographien 1848-1910, Munich: Schirmer-Mosel, 1979m ISBN 3-921375-44-4, p. 53.