Lady in checkered dress, ca. 1845



Lady in checkered dress by Hermann Biow, ca. 1845

Hermann Biow (1804–1850) was an early German photographer who worked with daguerreotypes. After creating a partnership with Carl Ferdinand Stelzner, he opened Germany’s first daguerreotype studio in Hamburg in 1841. He is remembered above all for his images of the Hamburg fire in May 1842.

When he moved to Dresden in the late 1840s, his sister Jenny Bossard-Biow took over the Hamburg studio where she continued to produce daguerreotypes. Biow died in Dresden in 1850 due to fumes from producing his photographs.

source: Deutsche Fotothek

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