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Camille Silvy photography exhibition opens today

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First retrospective exhibition devoted to street photography pioneer Camille Silvy (1834-1910) opens at the National Portrait Gallery.

The first retrospective exhibition devoted to street photography pioneer Camille Silvy (1834-1910) opens at the National Portrait Gallery in London today.

Silvy worked under the patronage of Queen Victoria and photographed royalty, aristocrats and celebrities. He also portrayed uncelebrated people, the professional classes, their wives, children and servants.

The exhibition of over 100 photos gives a unique insight into life in 19th century Paris and Victorian London. It also shows how Silvy (1834-1910) was one of the first to manipulate and mass produce images. Some of the work has not been exhibited for over 150 years.

The Camille Silvy, Photographer of Modern Life exhibition marks the centenary of the photographer’s death. It runs from 15 July to 24 October.