Estate stamp on verso. Numbered 4196 in pencil.
William Edward Dassonville (1879-1957) was a California photographer primarily known for his landscapes. He was an associate of Ansel Adams and worked with William Keith, George Stirling, Maynard Dixon and John Muir. Born in Sacramento, CA, Dassonville contributed to Camera Craft. In 1904 Dassonville became secretary of the California Camera Club, then the world's largest amateur photographer's organization, and also contributed to Camera Craft, the club's influential journal.
In the 1920s Dassonville created a velvety surfaced photographic printing paper that was a favorite among Pictorialist photographers, though the formula is now lost. He sold his studio in 1924 in order to manufacture the paper full time.
His chemistry was heralded by Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, and he exhibited alongside Alfred Stieglitz, Clarence White and Gertrude Kasebier.
Provenance: Estate of William Dassonville.
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Medium Hand-coated paper made by Dassonville
Photo Date 1920s Print Date 1920s
Dimensions 7-5/8 x 10-3/8 in. (194 x 264 mm)
Photo Country United States (USA)
Photographer Country United States (USA)
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