Charles Francois Jeandel

Charles-Francois Jeandel (1859 – 1942) was known as a french amateur painter. He was member of the Societé Archéologique de Charente and lived quietly in the countryside.
Jeandel was a bourgeois of a quiet French province. He was an educated man, aspiring artist, regional archeology enthusiast with Catholic convenience, and married to a much younger wife.
He also developed an interest in photography. His photographic repertoire contained a reportory of local roman chapels, local scenery, his house and family.

But Charles had a secret, a hidden album with bondage photos. This notorious photo album with hundred of photos showing female nude woman in bondage, showing marks on their body, being gagged and blindfolded. Sometimes two woman, mostly one, and on a rare occasion a male is seen in the photos. There was one thing that connected the album to the photographer, the album had the name Jeandel written. I have spent a lot of time trying to sort out the photos and connect them to the series as I believe they were taken originally. These photos are taken around 1895/1896, and it seems very likely that one of the young females in the photos are his (at that time future) wife who must have been around 18 or 19 when the photos were taken.

The only thing written on the album was the name Jeandel. The photos were cyanotypes, to make them better viewable online I have modified them. The original collection is situated in the Musee d’Orsay in Paris. They were shot around 1895/1896 and it is believed that one of the young females in his photos is his (future) wife, who during the time of the photos was 18 or 19.

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