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Désiré Charnay

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Born near Lyons, France in 1828, the traveler and amateur archeologist Désiré Charnay came to America at an early age – he was teaching French in New Orleans at the age of 17. Inspired by John Lloyd Stephen’s accounts, he made his first trip to Mexico in 1857 where he was inspired by the exotic scenery. Initially Charnay focussed on photography, of which he was a pioneer, documenting the ubiquitous ruins that littered the ancient sites of Mexico.

 

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