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A Photo Album of Julius Muller – Suriname 1883-1885

by Anouk Mansfeld

Julius Eduard Muller (1846-1902), an esteemed and influential politician in Suriname, was also an amateur photographer. His view of the colony lives on in a photo album created for a friend and business partner.

In the photography collection of the KITLV, on loan at the UBL, is an album1 with a heavy wooden book cover, containing 76 albumen prints depicting Suriname between 1883 and 1885; almost a century before the end of colonial rule. Of particular interest is the dedication in the front: This album is presented to the Honourable Mr. J.F.A. Cateau van Rosevelt, as a token of respect and gratitude, by your servant and friend Julius E. Muller, Paramaribo, 7 September 1885.

Born and raised in Paramaribo, Julius Eduard Muller (1846-1902) was an esteemed and influential politician and businessman. As an amateur photographer, Muller played an important role in the history of late 19th-century photography. The photographs in the present album are all albumen prints, a process that was used worldwide between 1880 and 1895. Since there are no known negatives of Muller’s work, it can be assumed that he worked with dry gelatine glass plates.

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