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Gervais Courtellemont. Portrait of an Arabian Emir. Damascus, Syria.

Gervais Courtellemont. A Hindu girl poses for a photograph in a multicolored sari. Agra, India.

Inquire Jules Gervais-Courtellemont, The Gardens of Hammam-Rhira, Algeria,, ca. 1911

Jules Gervais-Courtellemont (1863-1931) French photographer, author of the first autochromes. He was born in France but grew up in Algeria, where he developed a passion for the East and for the exotic. In his travels he collected several photographs of landscapes and portraits from countries such as Turkey, Egypt, India. Courtellemont opened the “Palais de l’autochromie” in Paris in 1911.  In the 20s and 30s he worked for the National Geographic, which published several of his autochromes. Gervais Courtellemont is also famous for his autochromes of the First World War.