D'Hoy, Charles



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Seveneeken, 1823 - Ghent, 1892


1850 - 1854 / Gand, Rue de l'Eglise Saint-Bavon, 11
Charles Emmanuel, ° 12.5.1823; + 10.1.1892. Father of Constant and Auguste (see those names). At this address from 1842 although he was only listed as a photographer in directories from 1853 onwards. "Near the Bishop’s Palace". A joiner, he constructed a camera and accessories for himself. Probably the second daguerreotypist with a fixed studio in Ghent after J. Pelizzaro (see that name). We have not found any contemporary sources confirming that D'Hoy operated as a photographer here in the 1840s. However, at a meeting of the Ghent section of the ABP on 1.12.1889, D'Hoy showed large daguerreotypes, "quite rare, even in 1852" (Bulletin de l’ABP, 1890, p. 26), and at the ABP Ghent section exhibition in 1889, D’Hoy dated some as early as 1845. In his obituary notice (Bulletin de l’ABP, 1892, pp. 100-101), Edmond Sacré wrote that his first attempts at photography dated back to 1845. A letterhead for his son Constant's studio also mentions that the firm was founded in 1845. Furthermore, we can be reasonably confident that D'Hoy was already a competent professional when he advertised as an itinerant in Lokeren in 1850 (see entry below). D'Hoy may well have used collodion and waxed paper negatives as early as 1852, in accordance with examples he displayed at the ABP Ghent section exhibition in 1889.
1850 Lokeren, Hôtel St. Sébastiaen
Itinerant daguerreoypist. "Ch. Dhoy has the honour to inform the public that he will still take Daguerreotype portraits during the Lokeren fair and that his departure is postponed by 14 days" (Gazette van Lokeren, 4.8.1850).
1854 * - 1864 / Gand, Rue Digue de Brabant, 17
Photographer and daguerreotypist. D'Hoy advertised his move to this address on 1.7.1854. Prints on albumenised paper from 1855. "Makes equipment for chemistry" (directories, 1857-1861). Photographed the solar eclipse of 15.3.1858. Prints on waxed cloth in 1860. Reproduced a painting by Liévin de Winne, "The Resurrection". Was commissioned by the city of Ghent to photograph the Dominican church in 1860 (four views). Constructed an enlarger for large-size portraits in 1861.
1864 * - 1892 + Gand, Rue Courte du Jour, 25<64-90> or 27<91-92>
Successor: D'Hoy Constant
At this address in December 1864. Photographed the catafalque erected in the church at Oudenaarde for victims in the Belgian legion at Tacambaro (Mexico) on 11.4.1865. Reportage in stereo around 1865. Series documenting excavation work for the Terneuzen canal. Is said to have used the collotype process as early as 1869, but in any case before 1873, for the illustration of periodicals and industrial work. He employed carbon paper in 1875 and manufactured it together with Van Monckhoven the following year. Photozincography in 1878; gelatine-bromide in 1879. Founder member of the ABP. "Company" in 1893-1895.


1850 - 1854 / Gand, Rue de l'Eglise Saint-Bavon, 11
1850 Lokeren, Hôtel St. Sébastiaen
1854 * - 1864 / Gand, Rue Digue de Brabant, 17
1864 * - 1892 + Gand, Rue Courte du Jour, 25<64-90> or 27<91-92>


Amsterdam, 1855; Paris, 1855 (unretouched photographic prints; prints on paper); Brussels, 1856 (honorable mention); Brussels, 1857; Amsterdam, 1869; Ghent, 1877 (1st class medal); Brussels, 1880; Ghent, 1889 (Daguerreotypes dating from 1845 to 1852; prints made from wet collodion negatives, 1852-1862).

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Association belge de Photographie

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1874 - 1892

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MCC revised 17.10.2017, 18.12.2017; SFJ revised 11.5.2019 & 31.8.2020 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght; SFJ revised 13.8.2022, 26.7.2023 & 13.2.2024 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght; MD revised 18.11.2020 & 25.7.2023; MD revised 22.1.2024 based on information supplied by Marc De Clercq




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