De Bedts, Georges

Identity

Category

Person (Male)

Alternative name or descriptor

Standardized form(s) of name according to other rules

Status

  • Connected / Amateur

Details

Life dates

Ghent, 1857 - ?, ?

Activity

1887 - 1888 Bruxelles - Uccle
Georgius Josephus Franciscus Augustus, also known as William, ° 30.7.1857. Son of Auguste (see that name). Spelled "Debedts" in the ABP membership list. He appears to have spent most of his adult life outside Belgium. He departed Antwerp for the USA in January 1880 and worked initially as a pharmacist and then as a commercial traveller in Cleveland [Ohio] until at least October 1885. By early 1890 he was travelling round Europe as a representative of The Eastman Photographic Materials Company of Rochester [New York, USA]. By 1891 he was a director of their Paris branch and promoting Kodak cameras: he displayed a series of views that he had taken in America and Egypt with a Kodak at a meeting of the "Photo-Club de Paris" on 11.11.1891.
Georges De Bedts separated from Eastman and established the "Anglo-American Photo Import Office" in Paris, Rue Saint-Honoré, 368 in 1894. His subsequent career included a stint as a pioneering manufacturer and distributor of chrono- and cinematographic equipment, initially in collaboration with Léon Gaumont and Georges Demenÿ in 1895 and then as "G. De Bedts & Cie", a firm registered on 22.1.1896. He subsequently founded a "Société de Reproduction Photographique Industrielle" in Paris with studios in Asnières, on 9.5.1899. It produced "large-scale advertising matter in artistic and industrial photography cheaply on glossy and matte platino-bromide paper" (Annuaire Didot-Bottin, 1900). The firm declared bankruptcy on 8.8.1905.

Locations

1887 - 1888 Bruxelles - Uccle

Exhibitions

Genres / subject matter

Techniques

Bibliography/Webography

Seguin, Jean-Claude. "Georges DE BEDTS", accessed on 1.9.2019 at:
https://www.grimh.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&layout=edit&id=5310&lang=fr#2

Context

Affiliations

Affiliated entity

Association belge de Photographie

Type of affiliation

Member of

Dates of affiliation

1887 - 1888

Description of relationship

Management

Record source

DIRECTORY_1997#984

Identity of institution

FotoMuseum Provincie Antwerpen

Status

Level of detail

Dates of creation/revision

SFJ revised 1.9.2019 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Maintenance notes

Actions