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William E. Dassonville: California Photographer (1879-1957)

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Untitled (Monterey Coast)

ca. 1910
20th Century
9 in. x 6 5/8 in. (22.86 cm x 16.83 cm)

William Edward Dassonville, American, (1879–1957)

Object Type: Photography and Video
Creation Place: North America, United States, California
Medium and Support: Vintage platinum print
Credit Line: Gift of Susan Herzig and Paul M. Hertzmann, Paul M. Hertzmann, Inc.
Accession Number: 1992.8.2
A Pictorialist photographer known for his soft-focus landscape photographs, William Edward Dassonville was also a commercial portrait photographer and a leader of the California Camera Club in San Francisco. In January 1901, he helped organize the First San Francisco Photographic Salon exhibition, held at the Mark Hopkins Institute (now the San Francisco Art Institute).

During World War I, Dassonville’s art practice suffered, in part, due to the shortage of platinum paper stock. By the early 1920s he had developed a new paper stock coated with a silver bromide emulsion, and in 1924 closed his portrait studio to focus on the manufacture of his “Charcoal Black” photographic paper.

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Dimensions
  • Sheet Dimensions: 9 in. x 6 5/8 in. (22.86 cm x 16.83 cm)
  • Mat Dimensions: 20 in. x 16 in. (50.8 cm x 40.64 cm)

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