Old class photo by David and Vallois



Old print of a university class photo by Jules DAVID and Edmond VALLOIS. They are pioneers in the field of class photography.
The print is in very good condition, the card stock is damaged in several places.
Approx 40cm x 30cm


Jules David ( April 16 , 1848 - October 8 , 1923 ) is a French photographer. Born in Pinsot (Isère) in a family of farmers, he was a soldier in 1871, before moving to the Paris region.

Associated with Claude Bretagne, he opened a photography workshop at 54 rue Gravel in Levallois-Perret (today rue Aristide-Briand ) in 1873 under the “ Photography of Schools ” sign and specialized in photos of school groups or military. Alone, he then moved to rue Trézel then rue de Courcelles in 1879. In 1902, he moved to rue Rivay before joining forces around 1910 with portrait painter Edmond Vallois and settling at 99 rue de Rennes.

Jules David is particularly known for the countless photos of school groups that he took in the 1875s. He became the official photographer of several large Parisian high schools ( Lycée Condorcet , Lycée Janson-de-Sailly , Lycée Henri-IV , etc.) as well as many provincial high schools and even establishments abroad. Until the end of the 19th century , its competitors in this specialized niche were Pierre Petit and the De Jonhg brothers .

Thanks to his association with Edmond Vallois, his activity did not stop when he died and continued under the David et Vallois signature, a company that continues to operate in school photography until today.

120 €

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