Jean Louis Marie Eugene Durieu (1800-1874) was a French bureaucrat who took up photography as a hobby around 1850. He was a friend of the renowned Romantic artist Eugene Delacroix, and between 1853 and 1855 he produced an extensive series of male and female nude photos for Delacroix to use as studies for paintings. (Unfortunately for the fans of this blog, the majority were of women.) Our Friday photos will be by Durieu, and our art series later tonight will by by Delacroix. We start with this photo from 1853, one of the three oldest in my collection.