George Francois Mugnier was born in France on January 1, 1855. He arrived in New Orleans by 1868. Originally a watchmaker, he turned to photography in 1884 opening a studio on Exchange Alley. Mugnier gained some fame as a photographer of views and landscapes in New Orleans and the surrounding region. The images document general city views of New Orleans, steamboats, riverfront activities, sugar refineries, cemeteries, and specific buildings. The physical collection can be viewed at Louisiana State University's Hill Memorial Library.