Louise-Auguste Bisson (1814-1876) was a 19th century French photographer. He opened a photographic studio in 1841 and soon after this he was joined as a partner by his brother Auguste-Rosalie Bisson (1826-1900). Together, these pioneering photographers became known as the Bisson Frères.
They were active during a rich time of photographic sponsorship and were able to develop processes for creating very large prints (such as the Collodion process, with large negatives) and for taking on important commercial projects. During the 1850s they employed up to thirty employees.
The Bisson brothers were members of the French Society of Photography. They travelled avidly, and a significant number of their many pictures were taken outside of French territory. They are perhaps best remembered for their series of photographs on the Savoy Alps, commissioned by Napoleon III in 1860.
The Bisson Frères also gained recognition for their wide range of photographic styles and for the best-known portrait of of Honoré de Balzac (1842).
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