Alessandro Duroni (1807–1870)

An Italian photographer, Alessandro was born at Canzo, near Como, and studied under the optician, François Cauche, at Paris. He had established an optical shop at Milan by 1837. In 1839, he collaborated with the astronomer, Camille Flammarion at Paris, and then with Louis Daguerre, inventor of the daguerreotype process of photography. He returned to Milan that year, and introduced daguerreotype to Italy. He set up a photographic studio in his optical shop in 1840, and began to work with this new invention, producing images of buildings and landmarks of Milan. Duroni became a renown portraitist, with many of his subjects being figures of the Risorgimento, and later, the Milanese aristocracy and upper middle class. In addition to his studio at Milan, he opened one at Paris on rue Vivienne. In 1857, he won a silver medal at the Lombard Industrial Exhibition, another medal at the National Exhibition of Florence in 1861, and a gold medal at the Lombard Industrial Exhibition in the same year. Alessandro began to use the title of 'photographer to His Majesty the King'. In 1867, Duroni sold his studio located at Milan. Alessandro died at Milan.









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