Gioacchino Altobelli

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Gioacchino Altobelli (1814 - 1878) was an Italian photographer. As with other contemporary painters there was a declining demand for paintings as photography became increasing important for the tourist souvenir trade and he, whilst not completely abandoning painting, saw the opportunity. Partnering with his friend the painter, Pompeo Molins of Spanish origin, they opened a studio in the Palazzotto Fausti in Via di Fontanella Borghese.