The Fostinum

The collector is the true resident of the interior.  The collector dreams his way not only into a distant or bygone world but also into a better one. 

                                                                                              - Walter Benjamin

Adolphe Braun was a French photographer who spent most of his time in Mulhouse, in Alsace, in the neighborhood of Dornach.  He is best known for his photographs of flowers, the Alps, and ethnic costumes of Switzerland.  He is also one of the first photographers to photograph and widely distribute reproductions of art works, which greatly advanced the field of art history.  Above, you can see some of his flower arrangement photographs, which were originally intended to educate, much like Braun's photographs of artworks.

Adolphe Braun

Nadar - Georges Sand, albumen printNadar - Alexandre Dumas, albumen printNadar - Victor Hugo, in memoriam, albumen printNadar - Self-portrait (Publicity photo to raise funds for Le GĂ©ant), albumen printNadar - Hot air balloons, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt in Tosca, 1882, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Jeanne d'Arc (Joan of Arc), 1889, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt, 1890, albumen printNadar - Sarah Bernhardt as Gismonda, albumen printNadar - Edmond de Goncourt