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Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 18611 / 5       Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 1861.

Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 18612 / 5       Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 1861.

Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 18613 / 5       Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 1861.

Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 18614 / 5       Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 1861.

Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 18615 / 5       Jakob August Lorent, Calotypes 1853 - 1861.

Jakob August Lorent: calotypes

The Foto Forum gallery in Bolzano presents an exhibition of Dr. Jakob August Lorent, one of the earliest travel and architecture photographers. As one of the first ever, he travelled with a camera to many Mediterranean countries.

Born in 1813 in Charleston, South Carolina, Jakob August Lorent came to Mannheim at the age of five, to an adoptive father of considerable means. He grew up there, and received a doctorate in Natural Sciences in 1837. He was self-taught. He began with photography only 14 years after the first photographic process (daguerreotype) was announced in Paris. He immediately began with the negative/positive process based on Talbot, which was completely new at the time, namely calotype, or more specifically with LeGray’s improvements in the process. But calotype too was extremely complicated: there could be 37 working hours from the preparation to shooting the photograph to the positive. The positive prints could only be produced through contact prints at a 1:1 scale with the help of sunlight. From 1853 he stayed in Venice and travelled – together with his camera – through Northern Italy. Trip to southern Spain and Algeria in 1858. 1859-1860 journey through Egypt and Nubia. 1860-1861 Greece, 1862 again Greece. 1863 Rome and southern Italy, then Turkey, Syria and Egypt. 1864 Palestine and again Egypt. 1865 Sicily. The purpose of all these trips was to explore the individual countries and take photographs especially of historical buildings, artworks and cities. In this sense, Lorent skilfully combined travel and architecture photography. He received many prizes and honours for his photographs and publications. But, after 1865, he turned to local architectural photography in Germany. In 1873 Jakob August Lorent moved to Merano, possibly for health reasons, and here on 9 July 1884 he died of pneumonia.

In this exhibition, curated by Gunther Waibl, you can see a good dozen original photographs from Venice, Algeria and Athens. The originals are from the years 1853 to 1861 and are quite a rarity, since only quite few negatives and very few prints from Lorent have been preserved. Down to the present day they are characterised by their dimensions, their sharp focus, durability and aura.

Jakob August Lorent. Calotypes 1853-1861
Foto Forum - Südtiroler Gesellschaft für Fotografie, via Weggestein-Straße, 3f - Bolzano/Bozen (Italy)
25 October – 5 December 2016

opening times: from Tuesday to Friday, 3 pm - 7 pm | Saturday, 10 am - 12 am | closed on Sundays and Mondays
admission fee: free entry
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published on 2016-11-22 in NEWS / EXHIBITIONS



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