Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Louis-Émile Durandelle

Biography: 19th Century Architecture photographer Louis-Émile Durandelle


Louis-Émile Durandelle (1839 – 1917) was a French photographer best known for his work documenting the renovation of Paris during the Second Empire.

He, along with his partner, Delmaet (with whom he worked until 1862) photographed the new Opera of Paris and its construction in great detail. After its opening, Louis-Emile Durandelle made a publication of 45 photos entitled Le Nouvel Opéra de Paris: Sculpture ornementale (1876). These photos record the Opera’s sculpture. In the 1870s he documented the Paris Commune, an uprising against Napoleon III. Louis-Emile Durandelle is known to have photographed many other Parisian building projects, including the Hotel de Ville, the Ile de la Cité and the Eiffel Tower. Outside of the city he also made a series of photographs of Mont Saint-Michel. After the death of his wife, his old partner Delmaet’s widow, Louis-Emile Durandelle finally abandoned photography in 1890.

The Eiffel Tower: State of the Construction, Paris, France, November 23, 1888.

The Eiffel Tower: State of the Construction, Paris, France, November 23, 1888. Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Basilica of Sacred-Hart of Montmartre under construction (Paris 18th arrond., France).

Basilica of Sacred-Hart of Montmartre under construction (Paris 18th arrond., France). Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Basilica of Sacred-Hart of Montmartre under construction (Paris 18th arrond., France).

Basilica of Sacred-Hart of Montmartre under construction (Paris 18th arrond., France). Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Opéra Garnier, Paris, France. May 1864.

Opéra Garnier, Paris, France. May 1864. Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Rue des Mathurins, Paris, France. circa 1866.

Rue des Mathurins, Paris, France. circa 1866. Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Place de l’Opéra, Paris, France. 1868.

Place de l’Opéra, Paris, France. 1868. Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Construction de l’église du Sacré-Cœur à Montmartre. Paris XVIIIe. 1882.

Construction de l’église du Sacré-Cœur à Montmartre. Paris XVIIIe. 1882. Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Pavillon des abonnés of the Opéra Garnier, Paris, France. 10 May 1865.

Pavillon des abonnés of the Opéra Garnier, Paris, France. 10 May 1865. Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle

Opéra Garnier, Paris, France. May 1864.

Opéra Garnier, Paris, France. May 1864. Photograper: Louis-Émile Durandelle


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