(Nevers 1816 – Madrid 1892)
In 1843, Laurent moved to Madrid, where he remained until his death. In 1856, he opened a photo gallery in Carrera de San Jeronimo, that is, in the same place where Clifford’s already famous studio was found. He became above all interested in portraits of illustrious people as well as views of charming Spanish towns, with particular attention to the architecture, portrayed in detail. He quickly befriended the Spanish monarchy, and was soon thereafter appointed “Photographer of Her Majesty the Queen.” In 1858, he was asked to photograph the building of the railway line from Madrid to Alicante, inaugurated in 1867; he also took a series of photographs on the public works of the World Expo in Paris in 1867. At that time he also transformed his picture gallery into the most important photo shop in the 1800s present in Spain.