Charles Chusseau-Flaviens: the Photojournalist Without a Face


Back in the days when photography was still a novelty, there was a French famous photojournalist whose name kept appearing all over the world, leaving imprints of his mastery with the camera. And yet, was faceless and traceless. Charles Chusseau-Flaviens is an enigma.

Known for creating one of the first photo press agencies (located at 46 Rue Bayen, Paris), Chusseau-Flaviens’ biological information remains a mystery. His existence is mostly seen through his work, as his byline appeared in many photographs coming from Europe, Africa, Asia and the USA. He was sort of a photographer-of-all-trades, shooting portraits of royalty, public and political figures, celebrities, and everyday life. Chusseau-Flaviens was active as a photographer in the last decade of the 19th century to the first decade of the 20th century — 1890s to 1910s.

The independent photojournalist’s 11,000 glass negatives show clear visuals of a lost world. One of his achievements was capturing the proclamation of the coronation of George V. His images showed up in prestige journals such as Ilustracāo Portugueza, L'Illustration, The Illustrated London News, Le Monde and The Graphic. As of now, the George Eastman Museum houses his photographs, with some others attributed to his name, are in the Musée Nicéphore-Niépce, Musée d'Orsay, and the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand. Here are more of his photographs.

Images are from the George Eastman Museum collection under the public domain.

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One Comment

  1. jm60
    jm60 ·

    Proof enough that even seemingly mundane images- as long as they show some "story", or history, can be valued for their content long after the photographer has passed from this earth, or the events themselve have faded from history. You just never know.

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