Even though he began his career in 1848, Disderi reached notoriety only after opening his atelier on Boulevard des Italiens, in Paris, which led him to rival even the very famous Nadar. The reason for Disderi’s success is without a doubt his greatest invention: the carte de visite photograph, which he patented in 1854. In order to obtain these small portraits (circa 10 x 6 cm), Disderi made the first negative on a wet plate, using a special device with four lenses and sliding plate holder, from which one obtains eight images in different poses. In short, however, the growing popularity of the carte de visite, practiced by photographers across the world, made Disderi a victim of his own invention. In fact, in 1877, he handed over his studio and archive to his Parisian colleagues Pougnet and Délié.