Piron, Joseph [Namur]



Person (Male)

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Life dates

Châtelet, 1866 - Namur, 1933


1899 * - 1914 > Namur, Rue de Bruxelles, 20<99-11> then 30<12-14>
Predecessor: Deton - Cornand
Joseph Edouard, ° 20.8.1866. Camera manufacturer and dealer in photographic supplies. Originally manager of the Namur branch of Deton - Cornand at this address from its opening in late 1894 or early 1895. CVs have been found indicating "Piron Frères", 1899 ca. This partnership also included Joseph’s younger brother Lucien (see that name), who was recorded as a photographer at this address on 16.1.1900 on the occasion of a son’s birth. Series of views of the 1905 world fair published in a de luxe album "Mémorial de l'Exposition universelle et internationale de Liège en 1905" containing 47 plates.
Founding president of the first "Union des Photographes Professionnels de Belgique" in 1911 and treasurer of the "Fédération Nationale des Photographes Professionels de Belgique" in 1913. Still a member of the ABP in 1922. Active at no. 30 until his death in 1933. Joseph's son Hector (1903 - 1975), photographer and film-maker, succeeded him after training with the Brussels photographer Pardon. Pierre Piron, son of Hector, became a third-generation photographer; the family firm remained active at the same address ("Photo Piron") until 2000. The studio's back catalogue, some 300 000 negatives, half of them on glass, was then donated and transferred to the "Musée de la Photographie" in Charleroi. Joseph Renard was an operator for the studio from 1902 until at least 1948.


1899 * - 1914 > Namur, Rue de Bruxelles, 20<99-11> then 30<12-14>


Namur, 1905 (first prize for the finest set of prints; first prize for the finest set of enlargements). Another source also cites: Namur, 1896 (gold medal); Namur, 1906 (gold medal).

Genres / subject matter



(VAUSORT, Marc, et al). Trois générations de photographes. Le studio Piron, Namur (1894-1970). Namur & Brussels, 2003, 159 pp.



Affiliated entity

Association belge de Photographie

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Member of

Dates of affiliation

1913 - 1914

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Dates of creation/revision

SFJ revised 12.9.2017 & 4.2.2018, partly based on information supplied by Jacques Bouton dated 1.6.2010; SFJ revised 24.5.2018 & 29.9.2018 based on information supplied by Pool Andries; MCC revised 24.12.2018; SFJ revised 13.5.2019, 22.12.2020 & 7.3.2023 based on information supplied by M. Demaeght; MD revised 16.6.2020 & 20.10.2020




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