Photographs of Napoléon’s soldiers

Yes, you read this correctly: photographs. Of course, photography did not exist in Napoléon’s time. Louis Daguerre and Nicéphore Niepce would not produce their first daguerreotypes until 1835, twenty years after the fall of the First French Empire, and the process would not become wildly popular until the 1840s.

Only then did these soldiers, already ancient, pose in the original uniforms of their youth. This makes these survivors of the horrendous bloodshed of the Napoleonic era so odd, and so moving. The Mamelouk is my personal favorite…

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