(active from 1856 circa to 1877 circa)
Montabone’s career began in Turin around 1860, and had immediate success under the name “Fotografia Reale,” as can be seen by the numerous portraits of illustrious people from the Savoy court from that time. He was one of the first photographers to introduce, in Italy, the carte de visite format, and in 1860, he became a member of the Societé Française de Photographie. But he truly and unquestionably earned his reputation with the first Italian Mission to Persia in 1862 where he was asked to take part as the official photographer. This trip gave rise to a series of photos, views, and portraits of the kingdom’s sovereigns and high dignitaries, earning him great notoriety. After 1870 other headquarters of the Fotografia Reale were present in Milan, Florence, Rome, and the work of these businesses would be carried forth after his death in 1877 by some heirs.