Paul Boyer (photographer)

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Paul Boyer (1861–1952) was a French photographer. He was born in Toulon (Var), on September 28, 1861. He is the son of Charles Boyer, architect, and of Séraphine Grec. [1]

Toulon Prefecture and commune in Provence-Alpes-Côte dAzur, France

Toulon is a city in southern France and a large port on the Mediterranean coast, with a major French naval base. Located in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region, Toulon is the capital of the Var department.

Var (department) Department of France

Var is a department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region in Southeastern France. It takes its name from the river Var, which flowed along its eastern boundary, until the boundary was moved in 1860. The Var department is bordered on the east by the department of Alpes-Maritimes, to the west by Bouches-du-Rhône, to the north of the river Verdon by the department of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and to the south by the Mediterranean Sea.

A student from École des Beaux-Arts (Paris), he invented the use of magnesium for the flash-lamp in photography, and got the gold medal at the 1889 exhibition. He also participated at the Moscow exhibition. He was nominated Knight of the Legion of Honor on December 30, 1891. At the Exposition Universelle of 1900, he was a member of the awarding jury. He was also decorated of officer des Palmes Académiques, officer of Nichan Iftikhar, officer of Lion and Sun. He had a studio at 35 boulevard des Capucines in Paris. [2] He made numerous portraits of actors, actresses, and other personalities of his time, often published on postcards.

École des Beaux-Arts influential art schools in France

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Magnesium Chemical element with atomic number 12

Magnesium is a chemical element with symbol Mg and atomic number 12. It is a shiny gray solid which bears a close physical resemblance to the other five elements in the second column of the periodic table: all group 2 elements have the same electron configuration in the outer electron shell and a similar crystal structure.


The electric flash-lamp uses electric current to start flash powder burning, to provide a brief sudden burst of bright light. It was principally used for flash photography in the early 20th century but had other uses as well. Previously, photographers' flash powder, introduced in 1887 by Adolf Miethe and Johannes Gaedicke, had to be ignited manually, exposing the user to greater risk.

He died in 1952. [3]

Pictures by Paul Boyer:

Comédie-Française State theatre in Paris, France

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  1. Panthéon de la Légion d'honneur, vol. 2, by T. Lamathière
  2. Bulletin des lois de la République Francaise, Volume 44, 1892
  3. National Library of France