Édouard Baldus was a French landscape, architectural and railway photographer. Baldus was well known throughout France for his efforts in photography, with assignments such as the documentation of the construction of the Louvre museum. He used wet and dry paper negatives as large as 10x14 inches in size. From these negatives, he made contact prints. In order to create a larger image, he put contact prints side by side to create a panoramic effect. He was renowned for the sheer size of his pictures, which ranged up to eight feet long for one panorama from around 1855, made from several negatives.