Carlo Ponti (photographer)

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A beggar by Carlo Ponti

Carlo Ponti (1823–1893) was a Swiss-born optician and photographer from Venice.[1][2]

Carlo Ponti was born in Ticino. He was optician to King Victor Emanuel II of Italy and inventor of megalethoscope, a viewing device for photographs[1] and its larger version the alethoscope.[3]


  1. ^ a b The History of the Discovery of Cinematography, Chapter Ten: 1860-1869
  2. ^ Venice: fragile city, 1797-1997, by Margaret Plant, 2002, ISBN 0300083866, p. 128
  3. ^ Magic visions before the advent of the cinema by Carlo Alberto Zotti Minici ISBN 9788871152998 [1]