Weston Naef

  • Hercules Florence, Inventor do Photographia

    IN THE RIO DE JANEIRO study of Gilberto Ferrez, Brazil’s foremost photo-historian, grandson of one of their pioneer photographers and great-grandson of the eminent Neoclassical sculptor, I recently saw startling documents related to the early history of photography. The manuscripts and photographs were brought to Rio for our inspection by Arnoldo M. Florence, great-grandson of Hercules Florence (1804–1879), artist, inventor and prolific diarist. With him was the young Brazilian photographer and historian, Borris Kossoy, who had drawn to my attention the name of Hercules Florence and the existence