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Philippos Margaritēs photographs collection


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Margaritēs, Philippos, 1810-1892

Philippos Margaritēs studied painting in Rome and taught drawing in Athens. Around 1846 he met Philibert Perraud in Athens, where Perraud taught him photography. Margaritēs thereafter established the first photography studio in Greece, based out of his house, where he photographed Athens' high society. He was active as a photographer from the early 1850s until around 1863. Margaritēs specialized in portraits and topographical views. He was believed to have taught his drawing students about the principles of photography, but he did not instruct them in the practical darkroom techniques. In addition to daguerreotypes, Margaritēs produced salt prints and albumen prints and also made cartes-de-visite [].

Consists of an open collection of photographs by Greece's first professional photographer, Philippos Margaritēs. Included is a salt print (possibly slightly albumenized) from a glass negative, of the Parthenon, with photographer's stamp on the mount, 8 in. x 10.75 in., mounted on larger board.

Gift of the Program in Hellenic Studies with the support of the Stanley J. Seeger Hellenic Fund, 2008.

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This collection was processed by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2012. Finding aid written by Kalliopi Balatsouka in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

[The Parthenon] , 1854. 1 box.
Scope and Contents

Consists of one photograph (20.6 x 27.6 cm.) mounted on card board. Salt print (possibly slightly albumenized) from a glass negative; photographer's stamp in French on the mount.

Physical Description

1 box

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