So, I was talking to Larry the other day and he mentioned the Countess de Castiglione as some one thatwas very influential to photography. She is dead but still to awesome not to add on here. She was an Italian courtesan that married up and very famously had an affair with Napoleon III of France, during this time it is also supposed that she was an Italian spy. Anyway, she was a great patron of photography and together with her photographer Pierre-Louis Pierson they created over 700 images of herself some are painted on and other are straight photographic images but all were done under her direction. She had all of these taken as a chronicle of her life and beauty as she was considered one of the great beauties of her day.