Paris: Société Française de Photographie, 1857 through 1876. First editions. 8vos., various paginations, from approx. 25 pp. to 65 pp. Original printed paper wrappers. 10 volumes, all published. The issue of 1859 has a dampstain running along the blank lower margin of the first 20 pp. and soiled wrappers. The 1861 issue has the neat stamp of André Jammes on the blank lower margin of the front wrapper. Minor wear, or lacking a few tiny chips at the spines. Near fine. Housed in a newly made clamshell box of cloth with printed paper label. Item #29182
"Within months of its founding, the SFP began to organize photographic exhibitions; the first opened in September 1855 and coincided with the Paris Universal Exposition which featured a remarkably strong showing of photographic work. Between 1855 and 1876, the SFP organized eleven photographic (biennial) exhibitions - a continuous program of exhibitions which roughly coincided with the Paris painting salons. Exhibitions were open to members and non-members, and to foreign practitioners. The SFP's exhibitions quickly achieved the status of the photographic salon on the order of the official painting salons. By far the most press recognition and critical attention accorded to photography was directed to the exhibitions of the SFP. With the exception of the 1855 exhibition, every later exhibition was accompanied by a catalogue which listed photographers by name and nationality, described the subject of submitted images, and identified both negative and print processes. They constitute an invaluable resource for researchers." From the article by Kathleen Stewart Howe, p. 1280-81, Encyclopedia of Nineteenth-Century Photography.
A complete run of this biennial publication which began in 1857 with the DIEUXIÈME EXPOSITION and continues through to the ONZIÈME EXPOSITION. Titles vary slightly, as well as the printers, who include: Imprimerie de Mallet-Bachelier, Imprimerie et Lithographie de Renou et Maulde, and Imprimerie de Gauthier-Villars.
Extremely rare with WorldCat locating only one full set at Harvard Fine Arts; with three locations for only the 1857 issue. Bellier de la Chavignerie, Manuel Bibliographie du Photographe Francais, 1863, No. 156, 158, 161.