Damry, Walter



Person (Male)

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  • Professional


Life dates

Liège, 1833 - ?, 1890 >


1857 * - 1873 / Liège, Mont-Saint-Martin, 56<57-62>, 25<62-68> or 27<69>
Successor: Damry Albert (Fils)
° 16.9.1833.

  • Patent of 31.12.1860 for "an apparatus designed to facilitate the printing of photographic positives".
  • Patent of 31.1.1863 for "a means of regulating sunlight in photographic operations" [behind the skylight illuminating the studio, place six mobile panels of similar glass each one third of its length, one behind the other (mat, frosted or blue panes)].
  • Patent of 1.4.1863 for "a photographic camera designed to produce an opaque tint on the rims of negatives, and a white tint on the rims of positives".

On a CV of Nadar, Rue d'Anjou Saint Honoré, he was recorded as his Liège "correspondent". In a letter of 5.11.1872 to Nadar, Van Monckhoven wrote of "our friend Walter" with respect to a journey to Liège. Damry left for Paris in April 1873, where he was employed by Nadar. As part of his divorce proceedings, an inventory was made of his studio in September 1873 (State Archives in Liège, Notary E. Renoz, 8.9.1873). On 10.3.1874, Damry was no longer with Nadar: "By withdrawing Walter from your studio, I believed I would please us all. I freed you from an absent-minded assistant" (letter from Van Monckhoven). Subsequently Damry was an operator in the Vanden Bemden studio in Antwerp until June 1874.
1875 * - 1880 / Bruxelles, Rue du Pont Neuf, 43 (corner Rue Neuve, 78)
Successor: Galimard - Beele
Arrived from Brussels - Schaerbeek on 7.6.1875. "Portraits of all kinds. Water colours. Painting in oils". Damry left for Paris on 13.5.1880 and was recorded as domiciled in Brussels currently living in Paris on 4.9.1880. He had returned to work with Nadar, whom he went on to quit by 14.11.1881. Damry was then active in Lille [F], registering patents in the field of photography in 1884-1885, and was still operating there in 1890, Boulevard de la Liberté, 68, director of the "Studio C. Mouth" (former studio Carette). A certain W. Damry was active in Dinard [F] in 1898 and Saint-Malo [F] in 1899. CVs exist bearing both locations.


1857 * - 1873 / Liège, Mont-Saint-Martin, 56<57-62>, 25<62-68> or 27<69>
1875 * - 1880 / Bruxelles, Rue du Pont Neuf, 43 (corner Rue Neuve, 78)


Brussels, 1861; Vienna, 1873; Brussels, 1875.

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FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen


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Dates of creation/revision

SFJ revised 23.1.2017.& 8.4.2019; SFJ revised 26.10.2019 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght; MCC revised 1.6.2020.




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