Water carrier. EMILE GSELL, ACTIVE IN VIETNAM FROM CIRCA 1866.

Water carrier.

(Vietnam). [circa 1870]. Stock ID #175000

Albumen silver carte de visite 9.4 x 5.6 cm, mount 10 x 6.4 cm, ink inscription on the verso in an early hand "Ambonese water carrier".

Emile Gsell learned photography in the military and probably arrived in Saigon with the French Expeditionary force. His studio in Saigon was in operation from 1866 until his death there in 1879. Gsell was fortunate to join the 1866 Ernest Doudart de Lagrée (1823–68) Expedition along the Mekong and was able to make photographs of Angkor Wat in Cambodia and become the first to market views of the ruins.

Gsell made a second visit to Angkor in 1867 and various trips to Cambodian capital Phnom Penh. His studio contents passed to later photographers and old negatives continued to be printed for decades.

From the collection of Gael Newton, former Curator of Photography, National Library of Australia, photography historian and author.

When referring to this item please quote stockid 175000.

Price: $350.00 AU

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