(Paris 1845 – Rome 1919)
Of French origins, he began his career in Palermo around 1860. He opened the Photographie parisienne and made an album of views and art reproductions, Grande collezione di vedute e monumenti con descrizione in italiano e francese. In 1870, he was in Naples and in 1871, he moved to Rome, which became the capital of Italy, documenting the Papal city and the transformations from the late 1800s due to its new status as capital. In Rome, Chauffourier moved to 509 Via del Corso, the former atelier of the photographer Simelli. Chauffourier’s limited production, of monuments, views, works of art in various cities across Italy, was never published in a printed catalogue. The negatives were later numbered by his son Pietro.