(Stroncone 1811 – Rome 1877)
Carlo Baldassarre Simelli studied art in Rome and was at first interested in painting, until he became a photographer of great success. In fact, in 1857 he photographed the buttresses of the Vatican Dome at the request of the Fabbrica di San Pietro. In 1864, he took the photographs accompanying the Antiquités Chrétiennes de Rome by Barbier de Montault and in 1868–1869, he was the collaborator of Parker. In 1870, he took part in the Mostra Cattolica in Rome with a series of Christian archeology photographs. From 1870 to 1873 he moved his studio to Frascati with the goal of taking country photographs for artistic use. He later returned to Rome where he passed away in 1877.