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Eugène Faller was a camera maker in Paris from some time in the 19th century. McKeown lists a quarter-plate folding wet-plate camera from 1870, and a 13×18 cm tailboard camera from about 1900. A 24×24 cm studio camera was sold at auction in 2010; the auctioneer's details gave Faller's address (presumably from a maker's plate) as 6 & 8 Rue du Temple.[1]

Several examples of le Forain (French: 'the fairground'; presumably intended for street photographers), a camera for small ferrotype plates, have been seen at auction.[2][3] As in many ferrotype cameras, the plates are held in a spring-loaded magazine, in this case on top of the camera body, and after exposure each is dropped into a developing tank mounted under the camera.


  1. Faller 24×24 cm (9½×9½ inch) studio camera, with stand and lens by Derogy, sold in September 2010 by Breker in Cologne.
  2. Le Forain camera for 3×4 cm ferrotype plates, with a lens by Darlot, in the 'highlights' pages of Auction Team Breker. Dated about 1895 by the auctioneer.
  3. Le Forain with unidentified lens, sold at the nineteenth Westlicht Photographica Auction, on 28 May 2011; dated about 1910 by the auctioneer.