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Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud

The French photographer-Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud- was born in 1866. He became acquainted with photography in the mid 1890s, at which time he also became associated with the Lumière brothers, inventors of the cinematograph. He was one of the first to make color photographs with the Lumière Autochrome plate. After a distinguished military career Tournassoud retired from the army with the rank of Major.

Tournassoud was one of the finest practitioners of the now lost art of animal photography in addition to the many exceptional photographs taken during his military career . He also excels in the art of the landscape, the portrait and the staging, in a characteristic style where humor is often present.

His photographic career spanned over nearly 60 years, and he left a considerable body of work, indexed in many museums and collections.

The Association

This site is created by the “Association des Amis de Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud” (Association of the Friends of Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud). The goal of the Association is “to promote the photographic work of Jean-Baptiste Tournassoud by placing it in the context of its time and in the history of French and World photography”.