Saturday, 31 December 2016
Duchenne's Photographic Facial Experiments (1862)
Guillaume-Benjamin-Amand Duchenne (de Boulogne) (1806-1875) revived & developed Galvani's work in electrophysiology. This extraordinary range of activities was achieved “against the background of a troubled personal life and an often indifferent medical and scientific establishment.” His book Mecanisme de la physionomie Humaine was published in 1862. Duchenne said of his principal model, that he was an "old toothless man, with a thin face, whose features, without being absolutely ugly, approached ordinary triviality."