Jacques Phillipe Potteau /   Jacques-Philippe Potteau

France 1807 - 1876


Jacques Phillipe Potteau
Jacques-Philippe Potteau
April 6, 2013
Balasz Takac is alias of Vladimir Bjelicic who is actively engaged in art criticism, curatorial and artistic practice.

Jacques-Philippe Potteau was a French visual artist who was born in 1807. He was an assistant at the Muséum d’Histoire Naturelle, had been trained in scientific techniques and methodology, but his photographs were not a paid commission and appear to have been taken of his own accord. Working from a studio beside the Jardin des Plantes, he photographed a wide range of passing visitors, his pictures here recording the occasions of Japan’s earliest diplomatic encounters on European soil.

Featured image: Jacques Phillipe Potteau – Selected Portraits of Algerian Diplomats, detail – image courtesy of Phillips