Jules Lion

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St. Louis Cathedral at Jackson Square, New Orleans. 1842 lithograph based on own daguerreotype by Jules Lion

Jules Lion (c. 1809-1866), born in Paris,[1] was an early American photographer. He was the first African-American photographer,[2] opening a daguerrotype studio in New Orleans in 1840[2] one year after the invention of the process.[2] Lion also painted, and made a series of lithographs of prominent Louisianans and people connected to Louisiana history, including John James Audubon and Andrew Jackson.


  1. ^ "Jules Lion", Amoeblog.
  2. ^ a b c Jones, Malcolm (2000-04-24). "Black On Black". Newsweek. Retrieved 2008-07-16. 

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