(Nice 1883 – Paris1936)
He trained in Paris as an engineer, graduating from the École Centrale Polytechnique. He soon became interested in the autochrome technique fine-tuned by the Lumière brothers. Starting in 1907, the year this new technique was first put on the market, Chouanard made his first clichés, while on a trip to Morocco. Chouanard’s autochromes are the first photo documentation of Morocco, even before those from 1911 kept in the Fondation Albert Kahn in Boulogne. Chouanard’s work covers all the years in which this technique was used and is important for stylistic coherence. Alinari houses in its own archives these autochromes, which portray not only views of Maghreb from the early twentieth century but also images of rare beauty of many European countries.