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Carlos Endara Andrade an Ecuadorian became Panama's most important photographer. He lived from 1867-1954. He studied art in Paris in the traditional salon style. Carlos photographed the original French construction of El Canal. After setting up the first photographic studio in Casco Viejo Panama's elite stepped through those doors to be immortalized in silver. Complete with a darkroom and daylight salon, Panama's first elevator lead patrons to the studio above.