Rudolph Striegler

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Rudolph Striegler: carte-de-visite photograph of Hans Christian Andersen (1861)

Rudolph Striegler (1816–1876) was one of Denmark's early photographers, specialising in portrait photography.

Trained as a picture-framer, Strieger opened Odense's first daguerreotype studio in 1846. With his experience of gold-plating, he was able to combine photography with ornate framing. Until 1857, he travelled widely around the country until he finally moved to Copenhagen.[1]

In 1860, he introduced carte-de-visite photography to Denmark.[2] The idea of using a photograph instead of a printed visiting card came from France where it was patented by André Adolphe Eugène Disdéri in 1854 with a four-lensed camera which could take from eight to twelve photographs on the same glass negative. As the prints could be collected in albums, the technique became extremely popular.[3]

In 1861, while court photographer, he was awarded the Ingenio et Arti medal.[4]

He was also one of the early photographers who took portraits of Hans Christian Andersen. In his diary entry for 22 October 1861, Andersen writes: "Stood for Siegler until 11.30 and had a few large and small pictures taken of me."[5]

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  1. ^ Dansk Fotografihistorie, ed. Mette Sandbye. Gyldendal, Copenhagen. 2004. p. 33. ISBN 87-00-39586-2
  2. ^ John Hannavy: Encyclopedia of nineteenth-century photography, Volume 1. From Google Books Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  3. ^ Verden set på ny. From Det nationale Fofomuseum. (Danish) Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  4. ^ Medaljen Ingenio et arti. From Retrieved 10 February 2010.
  5. ^ H.C. Andersens dagbøger, 21–22 October 1861. (Danish) Retrieved 10 February 2010.