Charles Aubry

France 1811 - 1877

Photography, Design

Charles Aubry
Charles Aubry
April 4, 2013
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For more than thirty years, Charles Aubry designed patterns for fabric, carpet, and wallpaper manufacturers. In 1864, he started a company to produce plaster casts and photographs of flowers and plants. He made around one hundred-fifty negatives of plant still lifes his first year and became a master of the botanical still life. Although Aubry’s goal was to establish an archive for artists and designers, a bankruptcy in 1865 forced him to close his studio and move to a village near Paris, where he continued to photograph. Aubry returned to Paris around 1872 but photographed only intermittently.

Featured image: Charles Aubry – Untitled (study of leaves), detail – image courtesy of Phillips