Buffa, Joseph

Identity

Category

Person (Male)

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Status

  • Professional / Connected

Details

Life dates

Pieve Tesino [IT], 1801 or 1802 - Bruges, 1864

Activity

1843 * - 1851 / Bruges, Philipstockstraat 5
° 28.6.1801 (° 30.1.1802 in another source); + 10.8.1864. Optician. Arrived from Malines on 1.4.1829. At that time he was a print dealer. He moved to the above address in 1832. In 1839, he was collecting subscriptions for a still-born "Société du daguerréotype". In 1840 he sold the album edited by Charles Philippon: "Paris et ses environs reproduits par le daguerréotype". By March 1843, he had turned to daguerreotyping and opened the fourth permanent studio in Belgium after those of Brussels and Liège. The first advertisement for his "Daguerreotype Establishment" appears at this date (Le Nouvelliste de Flandres, 25.3.1843). As early as that same year, an English guide cited "the establishment of Mr Buffa, who blends the profession of an Optician with that of a Daguerreotypist, the trade of a Printseller, with that of a Music-seller..." (H.R. Addison, "Belgium as she is", Brussels & Leipzig, C. Muquardt, 1843, p.39). On an advertising card, "Daguerreotype Establishment, Portraits and groups, Executed in ten seconds. J. Buffa, Optician. Publisher, Print dealer, Near the Grand Place, Bruges". In 1847 he exhibited photographs by Delanoy (see that name), at that time in Bruges.
1851 * - 1853 / Bruges, Vlamingstraat 2
1853 * - 1864 + Bruges, Rue des Pierres, 2 [Steenstraat]
Arrived at this address on 9.11.1853. He had already lived here between 1829 and 1832. Advertised in January 1859 the opening of a new photographic studio in February (supplying photographs from collodion negatives and ambrotypes). He was also established in Ostend from 8.7.1854 to 31.12.1856, but apparently only for the publication of prints. After Buffa’s death, his nephew Joseph Tessaro, painter and lithographer, closed the shops in Bruges and Ostend, and returned to Italy. An auction of Buffa's property and effects on 1.3.1865 included a "half-plate photographic camera" (Gazette van Brugge, 20.2.1865).

Locations

1843 * - 1851 / Bruges, Philipstockstraat 5
1851 * - 1853 / Bruges, Vlamingstraat 2
1853 * - 1864 + Bruges, Rue des Pierres, 2 [Steenstraat]

Exhibitions

Bruges, Academy of Fine Arts, 1843 (nine daguerreotypes); Bruges, exhibition of Bruges industry, 1846 (four daguerreotype views).

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Bibliography/Webography

JOSEPH, Steven F. & SCHWILDEN, Tristan. A l'aube de la photographie en Belgique: Guillaume Claine (1811-1869) et son cercle. Bruxelles, 1991, p. 17.
JOSEPH, Steven. “I « Thirty-Niners » in Belgio. Pionieri della Fotografia” in FIETTA, Elda & CLAES, Marie-Christine (ed.), Imprenditori dell’imagine. Le vicende dei Tesini in Belgio (Atti del simposio internazionale « I Tesini in Belgio »), Pieve Tesino, Museo Per Via, Quaderno 2, 2016, p. 93.
CLAES, Marie-Christine. Répertoire des Tesini - Buffa : http://balat.kikirpa.be/tesini/fam/buffa.pdf

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Record source

DIRECTORY_1997#508

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FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

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Dates of creation/revision

SFJ revised 29.6.2017 & 29.1.2018; MCC revised 21.5.2018; SFJ revised 30.9.2018; MCC revised 25.1.2019 & 4.1.2019.

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