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The Lovely Atrium Nudes of Jules Richard

One of the more interesting photographers of the 19th and early 20th Century was a guy named Jules Richard (aka Julius Richard, Mohammed Reza, Riza Khan Richard, Richard Khan, Mirza Riza and Riza Kahn). The son of a French industrialist and the inheritor of his father’s struggling business, Jules Richard was, for example, the first Western photographer to work in the Persian court of Naser al-Din Shah (1831-1896). He changed his name when he converted to Islam.

Jules Richard was the inventor of the Verascope in 1893, a small three dimensional capture camera that allowed for easier stereo photography. His interest in women and photography led to a huge number of photographs being produced both by himself and hired photographers.

My personal interest in the work of Jules Richard focuses mainly around those beautiful Atrium photographs of young nude ladies enjoying what appears to be an idyllic Summer holiday. He built the Atrium near his house in Paris. The models came from all walks of life depending on who caught his eye. As for his lovers, he was said to have taken many; he was shameless in how he was perceived by civil society. These Atrium nudes attest to that complicated human being.

I don’t know what else I can write about those photographs except to hope you hunt them out yourselves. They are quite something. Jules Richard is said to have owned around 300,000 stereographs, including 60,000 different Verascope glass views listed in 1914.

Two nude ladies and a third with a gourd by a statue

Three nude ladies in the yard

Two nude ladies on a bed and two nude ladies dancing

Nude ladies in a window

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My name is Steven Clark and I live in the Derwent Valley in Southern Tasmania. I have an MBA (Specialisation) and a Bachelor of Computing from the University of Tasmania. I'm a mazer & a yeast farmer (making beer, fruit wine and mead as by-products of continuous improvement in my farming practices). I'm a photographer, although my film cameras are currently silent. I do not tolerate idiots. I do not tolerate bigotry. I do not tolerate excuses. Let's be clear, if you sit with my enemies you my are my enemy for life.

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