Toledo - Tajo - The Photographer A. Cánovas

The river running through its gorge. A card issued by the well known photographer and editor Cánovas but produced by Hauser y Menet of Madrid, in 1902. The famous, and hugely successful, photographer Antonio Cánovas de Castillo (1874-1933) was also known professionally as Káulak. Nephew of the politician of the same name who was President six times (1828-1997), he was a society photographer with studios at La Calle Alcalá, 4 in Madrid, but he also produced a great number of postcards, some of which are very theatrical and others have great poetic quality. He founded the magazine “La Fotografía” and collaborated in the production of other publications, including “Blanco y Negro”. Though he died in 1933, the studios remained open until 1989. Oscar Hauser Muller and Adolfo Menet Kusteiner of the printers and editors Hauser y Menet were Swiss by origin. They founded the company in 1890 and, using the new “collotype” photographic process, produced an enormous catalogue of postcards, some in collaboration with others, like Franzen and, as here, Cánovas. The company finally closed with enormous debts in 1979.

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