RUDOLF VON JHERING (1818–1892), Professor of Law, date unknown (2nd half of the 19th century), Carte de Visite, State and University Library of Göttingen, Voit Collection
05 Cartes de Visite
GÖTTINGEN’S PHOTOGRAPHERS There was great demand for cartes de visite depicting scientists at the University of Göttingen. The photo salons of Bernard Petri and Wilhelm Grape were particularly active in the cartes de visite business.
RICHARD ABEGG (1869–1910), Scientific research assistant of physics Professor Walther Nernst, date unknown (2nd half of the 19th century), Carte de Visite (back page), State and University Library of Göttingen, Voit Collection
JHERING IN TRANSFORMATION The series of different cartes de visite of the lawyer Rudolf von Jhering allow a comparative view of his aging process.
GROUP PICTURE WITH CHEMISTS In a group, scholars do not present themselves as members of the University but rather as a community of colleagues, who, working together in Göttingen, shaped their common discipline. Here you can see Wolfgang Freiherr von Waltershausen Sartorius, Wilhelm Weber, Friedrich Wöhler and August Grisebach in their circle of intimates. Wolfgang …
PHOTO ALBUM FOR DAVID HILBERT, 1922, State and University Library of Göttingen
The idea to print photographic portraits on business cards was patented in Paris in 1854. When even Napoleon III (1808-1873) started circulating such cartes de visite of himself and his family, a “business card epidemic” began. Photography studios across Europe specialised in these handy small formats. In 1857, when Göttingen had 10,000 inhabitants, there were …