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Structure of the Gesture

Architecture du Geste: photo collections from the Robert-Lynen Cinémathèque

The media library Edmond Rostand has recently re-opened to the public, featuring an extended collection of 3,000 photography books in free access and to borrow.
To celebrate the occasion, the library is hosting the photo exhibition “Structure of the Gesture” (“Architecture du Geste”), which presents 26 large size modern prints of glass plates negatives from the Robert-Lynen Cinémathèque collection.
Three major topics: the Robert-Lynen Cinémathèque itself, the first public housing projects around Paris in the 1930s, and the birth of the Parisian vocational schools.
Paris en Images et la Parisienne de Photographie support the exhibition.










   

 

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Médiathèque Edmond Rostand
11 rue Nicolas Chuquet, Paris 17e
Wednesda from 10am to 7 pm
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1pm to 7 pm
Saturdays from 10am to 6 pm


Photo: Vocational schools. Ecole Duperré. Young girl making a carpet with a weaving loom. Paris 3e. Anonymous photograph. Cinémathèque Robert-Lynen, Ville de Paris.
© Cinémathèque Robert-Lynen / Roger-Viollet

Paris, Métro, Photo

Paris, Métro, Photo - From 1900 to nowadays

Since the beginning of its construction, the Paris Metro has been abundantly photographed. A technical feat, a key element of the Parisian landscape and a part of its architectural heritage, the Metro is also a gateway, a meeting point and a stage for all the actors of the urban theatre. No wonder this unique landscape has been an inspiration for French as well as the world’s greatest photographers. The book published by Actes Sud illustrates the great epic of the Métropolitain.
Close to 50 of the photographs presented are from the collections of the City of Paris, Roger-Viollet and partners.








   

 

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Actes Sud editions
406 pages, 524 photos, 27x27 cm, 49 €
Published on November 9, 2016

Fashion and women 14/18

Fasion and women 14/18 : exhibition from February 28 to June 17 juin, 2017

For its reopening exhibition, the Forney Library explores the history of fashion and women in French society during the First World War.
At the beginning of the 20th century, women's clothing undertook a radical change: the silhouette lightened, clothes became simpler and more practical. Such changes were accelerated by the Great War. But in terms of dress as well as in social terms, did the war liberate women?
The exhibition brings together numerous documents and models from the Palais Galliera collections, as well as some twenty photographs from the collections distributed by the Roger-Viollet agency.










   

 

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Bibliothèque Forney
Hôtel de Sens
1, rue du Figuer, Paris 4e
Tuesday to Saturday, from 1 to 7 pm


Curators: Maude Bass-Krueger & Sophie Kurkdjian, Béatrice Cornet


Image: Charles Worth (1825-1895). "Les Modes". Costume tailleur. Périodique. N°176. Photographie de Felix. 1918. Paris, Bibliothèque Forney.
© Félix / Bibliothèque Forney / Roger-Viollet

The secrets of Paris

The secrets of Paris

Singular anecdotes about the little-known history of famous Parisian monuments.
The book is illustrated with close to a hundred engravings of the 19th Century and period photographs, including many from the collections of the City of Paris, Roger-Viollet and partners.










   

 

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La librairie Vuibert editions
304 pages, 17x22 cm, 24,90€
Published on September 16, 2016

 

Image: 1900 World Fair in Paris. The Eiffel Tower.
© Neurdein Frères / Neurdein / Roger-Viollet


 

Parisian Chronicles: our favorites of the month

Parisian Chronicles: our favorites of the month

Each month, discover our Parisian Chronicles, a selection of our favorite photographs.
They are Paris, they make Paris and we like them all.
You can order a print of the ones you like!








   

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Image: View of the Ile de la Cité and the Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral. Paris (1st and 4th), 1960-1970. Photograph by Gösta Wilander (1896-1982). Paris, musée Carnavalet.
© Gösta Wilander / Musée Carnavalet /Roger-Viollet


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Paris en Images wishes you a Happy New Year!

With this photograph by Edith Gérin (1910-1997).
Her splendid snapshots of the French Capital are held in the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand and the Musée Carnavalet collections.










 

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Image: Man strolling on the Pont des Arts. Paris (VIth arrondissement), circa 1950. Photograph by Edith Gérin (1910-1997). Paris, Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand.
© Edith Gérin / Bibliothèque Marguerite Durand / Roger-Viollet




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Coluche

Coluche, exhibition at the Paris City Hall from October 6, 2016 to January 14, 2017

Born in Paris in 1944, humorist Michel Colucci, better known as Coluche, introduced his dungarees-clad persona in 1971 at the Café de la Gare, a post- 1968 fringe cabaret. He was introduced to the mainstream audience on the night of the 1974 French presidential elections: while waiting for defeated candidate François Mitterrand to give his concession speech, Coluche’s act rocked the whole country. From this moment on, he kept on shocking his vast audience into hilarity as well as serious reflection. From the theatre as well as the political stage - he ran for the 1981 presidential elections - Coluche urged his compatriots towards real democracy. Despite his clownish appearances, he tackled serious issues such as the fight against poverty and most notably founded the food aid association “Les Restaurants du Coeur".
On the 30th anniversary of his death, an exhibition at the Paris City Hall of Paris pays tribute to this unique personality, through a display of objects from his personal universe: stage costumes, photographs, videos of his performances, and testimonies which illustrate the diversity of his interests.
Parisienne de Photographie (collections Roger-Viollet) is among the many lenders of the exhibition.

 

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Curators:  Véronique Colucci and Fabienne Bilal.
Conceived by the Department of exhibitions of the Paris City Hall
DICOM - Mairie de Paris

Hôtel de Ville de Paris, salle Saint-Jean
5 rue de Lobau Paris 4
Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 6:30 pm
Closed on public holidays

Image: poster of the exhibition
© Xavier Lambours / Signatures


View the portraits of Coluche on Paris en Images

 

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Last orders for delivery before Christmas !

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Image: The Louvre department stores illuminated over Christmas. Paris, place du Palais-Royal.
© Collection Branger / Roger-Viollet




  M E R R Y   C H R I S T M A S   !

Jean Marquis - A Luminous Vision

Exhibition at the Salon de la Photo from November 10 to 14, 2016

This year the Salon de la Photo pays homage to another great photographer of the world of black and white analogue photography: Jean Marquis, who is celebrating his 90th birthday. The exhibition Jean Marquis - A Luminous Vision shows 97 photographs.

Born in the North of France in 1926, Jean Marquis moved to Paris in 1949. He drifted from job to job until he met Robert Capa who encouraged him to become a photojournalist. A member of Magnum agency from 1953 to 1957, he later worked as a freelance photographer contributing to magazines such as L’Express, Time-Life, New York Times, or Science et Vie. Jean Marquis took an amusing but sensitive look at politics, daily life and people of his time. The photographer spent long hours walking along Paris, day and night, as a passionate spectator of what he calls “the street as a theater”. Photographing in black and white his strong humanistic perspective, precise composition and use of light distinguish his work.
Since 2011, Roger-Viollet - Parisienne de Photographie is the exclusive distributor of Jean Marquis’s photographs.

Interview of Jean Marquis for the magazine Soixante-Quinze


   

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Salon de la Photo
Parc des Expositions

1 place de la Porte de Versailles, Paris 15e
10 am to 7 pm from Thursday 10 to Sunday 13
10 am to 6 pm on Monday 14 November

Image:
Poster of the exhibition - Graphic conception: Valérie bourgeois / 2e BUREAU
Solar furnace. Mont-Louis (France), 1958.
© Jean Marquis / Roger-Viollet


In the Salon de la Photo's website

Paris-upon-Seine

Paris-upon-Seine

Thanks to "Paris Plages" and "Paris Respire", Paris takes a break from traffic, turning the banks of the river Seine into a car-free zone. In order to reduce pollution and improve quality of life, the City of Paris aims at permanently pedestrianizing the banks in the inner city, to the chagrin of motorists.
Enjoy our new Story behind the pictures, Paris-upon-Seine.










   

 

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Image: Swimming in the river Seine, near the Pont-Neuf. Paris (Ist arrondissement), circa 1935.
© Gaston Paris / Roger-Viollet

At school

Back to school

Every year in September, all children get ready for the new school year and, come the big day, joyfully or in tears, meet their classmates and teachers.
We have prepared a Story behind the pictures with a selection of snapshots of schools and pupils from our collections, from playground to refectory and classroom, from kindergarten to vocational schools.







   

 

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Our Story behind the pictures: At school


Image: Aubervilliers (Seine-Saint-Denis). Schoolboys, 1953.
© Roger Berson / Roger-Viollet

1936: photographs of the Popular Front

The "Front Populaire", key moment in French social and political history

The eye of Marcel Cerf at the Médiathèque Marguerite Duras from June 7 to September 25, 2016:

Best known as a historian of the Paris insurrection of 1871 (the “Commune”), Marcel Cerf (1911-2010) also worked in the mid-1930s as a photographic reporter for Regards, a communist illustrated magazine. He covered the events of the tense period leading to the victory of the left-wing parties of the Popular Front in the general elections of 1936, as well as small, but symbolic events of daily life in the year 1936, celebrating youth, political commitment, recklessness and fraternity.

This period is already well represented by photography but Marcel Cerf’s fresh and original point of view contributes to a better understanding of these complex and eventful times.
This exceptional collection was donated in 2011 to the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris (historical library) by the photographer’s daughter, Claudine Cerf and has been fully digitized by Parisienne de Photographie – Roger-Viollet.

Here is our Popular Front selection, including some of the exhibition’s photographs
Our story behind the pictures: the Popular Front in Paris

 

1936, photographs of the Popular Front at the Paris City Hall from May 19 to July 23, 2016:

This exhibition also retraces the 1936 “Popular Front”, when an alliance of left wing movements won the legislative elections and implemented major social reforms in France. Various aspects of this key moment in French social and political history, as captured by the most important photographers and agencies of the time, are depicted by the exhibition, such as public demonstrations and strikes, the first paid vacations, or the cultural context.

400 documents, photographs (including 80 images of our own Roger-Viollet collections), posters, newspapers, magazines as well as audio and visual contents are displayed in chronological order from 1934 to 1939.







 

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Médiathèque Marguerite Duras
115 rue de Bagnolet Paris 20e
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 1 pm to 7 pm
Wednesdays from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturdays from 10 am to 18 pm
Sundays from 1 pm to 6 pm (except July and August)

Image: "Fête de l'Humanité", annual festival organized by the French communist newspaper "L'Humanité". A Spanish woman serving in the Republican faction. Garches (France), 1936. Photograph by Marcel Cerf (1911-2010).
Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris.
© Marcel Cerf / BHVP / Roger-Viollet














Hôtel de Ville de Paris, salle Saint-Jean
5 rue de Lobau Paris 4
Monday to Saturday, from 10 am to 6:30 pm
Closed on public holidays

Curator: Françoise Denoyelle
Conceived by the Department of exhibitions of the Paris City Hall
DICOM - Mairie de Paris

Image: Paris, Place de la Bastille, demonstration of the Popular Front, July 14th, 1936.
© Robert Capa / International Center of Photography / Magnum Photos

The 70th anniversary of the Bikini

The 70th anniversary of the Bikini

On July 5th, 1946 at the Molitor swimming pool, Louis Réard presenting his new creation on the occasion of a bathing suit contest. 70 years later become hotel and sport complex, the famous swimming pool is celebrating the bikini with an exhibition of photographs and swimsuits. Most of the images are part of the Roger-Viollet collections.

An other exibition is presented at the Galerie Joseph.
From July 6 to August 30, 2016.



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Piscine Molitor
13 rue Nungesser et Coli, Paris 16e

Galerie Joseph-Froissart
7 rue Froissart, Paris 3e



Image: Swimsuits contest. Paris, Molitor swimming pool, June 1947.
© Boris Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet

 

Holiday season

Holiday season

Our partner the laboratory Processus is closed in August.
Orders of mounted or framed prints placed from July 20 will be shipped at the earliest on September 12.
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Image: Presentation of the Aronde Simca P 60 towing a caravan, in Monte Carlo, on August 30, 1958.
© Roger-Viollet

In the studio - The artist photographed from Ingres to Jeff Koons

Exhibition at the Petit Palais from April 5 to July 17,  2016

Ever since the invention of photography in the 19th century, artists’ studios have fascinated photographers. Documenting interiors and making portraits of popular artists, focusing on the creative act itself or seeing the studio as a metaphor for the birth of images … photography has always penetrated and explored these spaces where the work of art is produced.
In the studio - The artist photographed from Ingres to Jeff Koons: this is the first exhibition ever to focus on photographs of the studio on such a large scale and in such an extraordinary way.
The exhibition questions the persistence of a fascination by over 400 photographs bringing visitors as close as possible to the creative process, via images of the studios of Ingres, Picasso, Matisse, Bourdelle, Zadkine and Brancusi as well as of those of Joan Mitchell, Miquel Barceló and Jeff Koons.
Among them are displayed 50 vintage prints of the Roger-Viollet collections from mid-19th century to the Thirties.

The exhibition focuses on these aspects via three major themes: The Artist Enthroned, Life in the Studio and The Studio as Workshop for the Eye.

An interactive program inviting visitors to create an on-line exhibition. Visitors can act as curators, choosing other photographs they would have liked to see included, and the most popular choices will be used for a virtual exhibition on the website of the Petit Palais.

Curators:
Delphine Desveaux: director of the Roger-Viollet collection, Parisienne de Photographie,
Susana Gállego Cuesta: curator of the Petit Palais photography collection,
Françoise Reynaud: curator of the Musée Carnavalet photography collection.
 

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Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris
Avenue Winston-Churchill, Paris 8e
Tuesday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm.
Late opening on Friday until 9 pm.


Image: André Villers, Picasso at work, 1955.
Photo © André Villers, Adagp, Paris 2016 / Coll. Bibliothèque Nationale de France © Succession Picasso



View over 120 photographs displayed

Discover  our  story behind the pictures: Art studios

François Kollar - A working eye

Exhibition at the Jeu de Paume from February 9 to May 22, 2016

The retrospective exhibition dedicated to François Kollar showcases the exceptional work of this photographer of the French working class, also active in the fields of advertising and fashion from the 1930s to the 1960s. The exhibition takes a contemporary look at his work in light of its historical context, and analyses the nature of the photographic commissions he received during his career.
130 vintage prints are on display as well as several slide shows.

Roger-Viollet – Parisienne de Photographie is the exclusive distributor of the "La France Travaille" series, a massive photographic report of France at work produced between 1931 and 1934 for the Horizons de France publishing house. The negatives and vintage prints belong to the Bibliothèque Forney‘s collections.


Our Story behind the pictures: Press printing houses by François Kollar
Here is our Kollar selection


 

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Jeu de Paume
1 place de la Concorde Paris 1
Tuesdays from 11 am to 9 pm
Wednesdays to Sundays from 11 am 7 pm
Closed on Mondays

Slideshow on Jeu de Paume's website

 


Image: Sources of energy. Neon signs. Paris. 1931. Photograph by François Kollar (1904-1979). Paris, Bibliothèque Forney.
© François Kollar / Bibliothèque Forney / Roger-Viollet



 

The Halles, flashback

The Halles, history in images

On the occasion of the inauguration of the "Canopée" on April 5th, 2016, a visit in images of the Halles district and its workers.
The "belly of Paris", 150 years ago to the Eighties.

Our Story behind the pictures : The Halles covered market.







 



Image: The Halles, the Baltard pavilions, around 1960.
© Oswald Perrelle / Roger-Viollet

 

“Greetings from Paris” – 300 years of tourism in the French Capital

Exhibition at the Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris until March 31, 2016

Paris, one of the World’s top tourist destination, embraced modern tourism as early as the 19th Century.
Thanks to its excellent transport networks, its impressive architectural heritage and the International reputation of French culture, the city quickly became one of the first touristic capitals. After World War II, Paris successfully adapted to the changes in tourism which has grown into a major economic sector.
The city of revolutions and barricades has turned into the city of hedonism and entertainment, attracting foreigners and provincials alike. The name of Paris conjures powerful, and at times contradictory, images: culture and consumerism, avant-garde and classic culture, bohemian spirit and luxury.

“Greetings from Paris”, the exhibition retraces this evolution and shows the impact of tourism on the city itself throughout the years.
Close to 300 works documents from various collections such as Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, Bibliothèque Forney, Musée Carnavalet and the Roger-Viollet collections are displayed in a scenography combining reproductions, café decors and videos.

 

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Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris
22 rue Malher Paris 4e

Tuesdays to Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm
Late opening on Thursdays to 9 pm



Exhibition conceived by the Comité d'Histoire de la Ville de Paris

Curator:
Slvain Pattieu, Associate Professor, University Paris 8 Vincennes St-Denis

Image: Tourists admiring the Eiffel Tower while eating an ice-cream. Paris, 1964.
© Roger-Viollet

Volez, Voguez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton

Exhibition at the Grand Palais until February 21, 2016

Louis Vuitton presents the exhibition Volez, Voguez, Voyagez - Louis Vuitton (fly, sail, travel), recounting the adventure of the Louis Vuitton brand, from 1854 to nowadays.

The Grand Palais was built for one of the most spectacular World Fairs, the 1900 World Fair taking place in Paris and greeting 48 millions of visitors. At the eve of a new century, Georges Vuitton, in charge of the travel accessories and leather goods section designs a stand in the shape of a carrousel, presenting the most innovative and elegant luggage and handbags of the brand.
The exhibition, organized in 9 thematic sections presents one of the best known symbol of the brand: a vintage chest, ancient but still modern, which embodies Louis Vuitton’s emblematic codes. A room dedicated to the house’s know-how is closing the exhibition.
Several vintage prints of photos by Boris Lipnitzki from the Roger-Viollet collections are exhibited, including Parisienne de Photographie’s very own 1930’s airwoman.
 

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Grand Palais, Salon d'Honneur
Square Jean Perrin, Paris 8e
Mondays, Thursdays and Sundays from 10 am to 8 pm
Late opening on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saterdays from 10 am o 10 pm
Closed on Tuesdays.

Scholl holidays: open every day from 9 am to 10 pm.

General Curator: Olivier Saillard
Artistic direction and scenography: Robert Carsen

Image: Flying club. France, about 1935-1937.
© Boris Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet

Discover our Story behind the pictures

Prostitution and "demi-monde”

Proletarian street walkers dreamed to become courtesans, or to achieve the even more aristocratic state of "demi-mondaines". Those women of easy virtue and quirky nicknames were also dancers, singers, models or actresses.
Between the Second Empire and the Belle Epoque, prostitution left the confined atmosphere of the brothels, taking over cabarets, theaters and the Parisian Grands Boulevards. There, women of the world, “demi-mondaines” and prostitutes mingled, composing a feminine universe which stimulated the artists’ imaginary world. In parallel, erotic images spread with the progress of the commercial photography in 1900.  Brothels were banned and closed in 1946.

Discover our Story behind the pictures on the occasion of the exhibition Splendour and misery. Pictures of prostitution, 1850-1910 at the Musée d'Orsay, until January 17, 2016.




 

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Musée d’Orsay
1 rue de la Légion d’Honneur
Paris 7e

Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday, from 9:30 to 18:00
Thursday from 9:30 to 21:15

Image: Evocation of the "Maison Tellier" of Guy de Maupassant (1850-1893). Preliminary draft of photographic illustration, 1930's.
© Roger-Viollet

Framed photos of Paris under your Christmas tree

Framed photos of Paris encadrées under your Christmas tree

If you love Paris and photography, treat yourself and your Loved Ones to our photographic prints.

Take advantage of our Holiday offer: from November 25 to December 8, all 30x40 cm framed prints (11.81’x15.75’) are 59 € instead of 69 € .







Select an image in our Collections Gallery or choose from our Stories behind the picture.




 

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Image: Montmartre district. The illuminated Sacré-Coeur basilica. Paris 18e, circa 1940.
© Gaston Paris / Roger-Viollet

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Most of the images on our site are available for sale, at any moment during your exploration.

If the little yellow basket is displayed while hovering over a picture in the collection gallery or in one of our stories, it means you can buy it.
Just click on the yellow button "Buy this photo" and follow instructions.

Simple, mounted or framed prints are available from 25 to 69 euros plus shipping.





 

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Image: Flea market. Paris, circa 1936.
© Gaston Paris / Roger-Viollet

45,000 portraits by Boris Lipnitzki are now online on Paris en Images

A digitization project sponsored by the Ministry of Culture and Communication

Born in Russia in 1887, Boris Lipnitzki settled in Paris in 1921. After creating his photographic studio, he met fashion designer Paul Poiret who introduced him to his clients. In 1924, he started to publish fashion photographs, portraits of well-known figures and photo reports on Parisian socialite life. At the onset of WWII, he had fled German occupied France, to stay with his friend Marc Chagall in New-York. Back in Paris after the war, he reopened Studio Lipnitzki, which covered Parisian theatre, ballet and opera events until the late 1960s. Boris Lipnitzki died in Paris in 1971.
His portraits of well-known figures from the world of performing arts, writers, musicians, artists and Parisian creators from all disciplines is true artistic “Who’s Who” of the 1930s to the 1950s.
Sponsored by the French Ministery of Culture and Communication, Parisienne de Photographie has digitized over 40,000 negatives from the portraits collection between 2012 and 2014, now available on Paris en Images.

Find them on Paris en Images using keyword LIPPORTRAIT in the search box of the Collection gallery section.

Boris Lipnitzki's fashion photographs: keyword LIPMODE.
 

The project

Sponsored by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication as part of the 2012 call for digitization projects of the Research and Technology Department.

Visual: "La Fiancée du Diable", ballet by Boris Kochno. Roland Petit. Paris, théâtre des Champs-Élysées, march 1946.
© Boris Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet

Passy Retro

Exhibition at the Passy Plaza from September 23 to October 14, 2015

During the 12th century, the villages of Auteuil, Passy and Chaillot developed in an area of vineyards and forests in the west of Paris. They merged in 1860 to form the 16th arrondissement of Paris, then called “Arrondissement de Passy”.

From the Chaillot Butte to La Muette area, from the banks of the river Seine to the circle railroad, enjoy 30 photographs of the district at the onset of the 20th Century, on view at the “Passy Retro” exhibition within the Passy Plaza shopping center.

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Passy Plaza shopping center
53 rue de Passy
Paris 16e

Monday to Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm

Free exhibition


Images:
Poster: © l'agence libre pour Passy Plaza
Photo: Rue de Passy © Léon et Lévy / Roger-Viollet

Sagan, from Bonjour Tristesse (1954) to Derrière l’épaule (1998)

Exhibition at the Médiathèque Françoise Sagan, from May 16 to September 30, 2015

To celebrate its opening in the 10th arrondissement of Paris, the new Françoise Sagan multimedia library presents the first exhibition dedicated to the author of “Bonjour Tristesse”. The exhibition, designed by her son Denis Westhoff also depicts the French artistic and literary life at various moments of the writer’s career.
“The success of Bonjour Tristesse in the mid 50s marks a symbolic turning point for a generation striving against moral principles and obsolete rules set by their parents (…) This defining moment was amplified by the massive media exposure of what was dubbed “the Sagan phenomenon”: the 18 years old young woman was exposed on the front-pages of all the new illustrated magazines such as Paris Match, Vue, Elle, Jours de France and others, inspired by American Life, Time, or Esquire, which built their success on photography (…) and the new reflex cameras” (Denis Westhoff).

The exhibition features a chronological selection of Sagan’s personal archives as well as images from the collections of the City of Paris, including 30 photographs from the Roger-Viollet (and partners’) archives, by news photographers Alain Adler, Bernard Lipnitzki, Jack Nisberg or Jacques Rouchon. Images from the photographic archive of newspaper France Soir, acquired by the Paris Historical Library in 2012 (some of which were never published until now) are also presented.
 

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Médiathèque Françoise Sagan
8 rue Léon Schwartzenberg
Paris 10e
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: from 1 to 7 pm
Wednesday: from 10 am to 7 pm
Saturday: from 10 am to 6 pm, Sunday: from 1 to 6 pm



Curator: Denis Westhoff
Scientific advisor: Delphine Desveaux, director of the Roger-Viollet collections, Parisienne de Photographie
Scenography: Marie-Noëlle Perriau



The exhibition will be presented in autumn 2015 in Switzerland, at the “Boléro de Versoix” (Geneva), and in 2017 in Deauville at the exhibition gallery “Le Point de Vue”.




Image: Françoise Sagan, Saint-Tropez, 1956.
© Bernard Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet

Exhibition in Montsouris park

A glimpse of the past in the Parc Montsouris

Built between 1864 and 1878 on the hills of Montsouris in the south of Paris, this English-style garden initiated by the Baron Haussmann and designed by engineer Jean-Charles Alphand, spreads over 15 hectares (2.47 acres) in the 14th arrondissement of the capital. One of its most distinctive buildings is the Bardo Palace, which was originally the Tunisian pavilion of the 1867 World Fair, rebuilt in the park shortly after its opening. It quickly became a scientific centre with a meteorological and astronomical observatory and has a service dedicated to the study of the Parisian waters. The building was destroyed by an accidental fire in 1991.
On the occasion of the European Heritage Days (September 19-20), twenty period snapshots from the Roger-Viollet collections will be displayed in the alleys of the park.
Here is our Montsouris selection, including the exhibition photos.
 

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Parc Montsouris
2 rue Gazan
Paris 14e
Monday to Friday from 8 am to 20:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday from 9 am to 20:30 pm

Coproduction
Division 14 of the City of Paris,
14th arrondissement City Hall,
Parisienne de Photographie


Image: Montsouris park, the Bardo. Circa 1925.
© Maurice-Louis Branger / Roger-Viollet

Jeanne Lanvin

Exhibition at the Palais Galliera from March 8 to August 23, 2015

The Palais Galliera is honouring the oldest French fashion house still in business. This first Paris exhibition devoted to Jeanne Lanvin (1867-1946) features over a hundred models from the amazing collections of the Palais Galliera and the Lanvin Heritage.

Jeanne Lanvin started to work at the age of 13 as an apprentice dressmaker and hat trimmer in a shop located rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré where she opened her own small fashion store five years later. In 1889, she opened her first boutique rue Boissy where she sold her own millinery creations. After giving birth to Marguerite in 1897, Jeanne started designing clothes for her baby, then collections and dresses. In 1909, she launched a clothing collection for women. As a part of the Parisian elite, the Lanvin fashion house joined the Syndicat de la Couture (French Union of Fashion). Curious and inspired by arts, decorative arts and cultures from around the world, her creations were sophisticated and modern. She created her colors in her own dyeing workshops: Lanvin blue, Polignac pink, Velasquez green. She used to take as much care over the choice of fabrics and the finish. Later, she expended her activities into interior design, sportswear, men’s clothing and perfume. As time went by, she set a textile empire counting numerous boutiques. Between the 1920’s and the 1930’s, Jeanne Lanvin became a part of history: queens, princesses as well as famous actresses counted among her customers and Arpège, created in 1927, quickly became a mythical fragrance.

Jeanne Lanvin used travel diaries, swatches of ethnic fabrics and a vast library of art books to feed her curiosity and inspire her to create fabrics, patterns and exclusive colours. Jeanne Lanvin represents artistry in materials, embroidery, topstitches, twists, spirals, cut-outs – all the virtuosity of the couturière’s craft. It is classical French perfection, with very 18th century style dresses contrasting with the tubular line of Art Deco with its black and white geometrical patterns, the profusion of ribbons, cristals, beads, and silk tassels...

An additional content for smartphones and tablets on the free app "Jeanne Lanvin” can be downloaded in the museum foyer.
 

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Palais Galliera - City of Paris Fashion Museum
10 avenue Pierre 1er de Serbie, Paris 16e<
Tuesday-Sunday, from 10 am to 6 pm
Night opening on Thursdays until 9 pm
Closed on Mondays & public holidays

General Curator: Olivier Saillard, director of the Palais Galliera
Academic Direction: Sophie Grossiord, general curator at the Palais Galliera, assisted by Christian Gros
Artistic Direction: Alber Elbaz, artistic director of Lanvin, with Laure Harivel, Katy Reiss and Romain Stiegler
Scenography: Laurence Le Bris


Image: Jeanne Lanvin, coat, 1937. Patrimoine Lanvin
© Katerina Jebb - Graphic conception: Loran Stosskopf


Interview of Olivier Saillard on vogue.fr


Our Story behind the pictures: Jeanne Lanvin

The EuropeanaPhotography project is completed

Over 400,000 photographs from 1839 to 1939, from 13 member states, now online on Europeana.org

Funded by the European Union as part of the ICT PSP programme, the Europeana Photography consortium regroups 19 public and private partners (museums, regional and national archives, photographic agencies...) from 13 member states. Its purpose? Making available online 100 years of photography in Europe, from 1839 to 1939, i.e. from the invention of the medium to the eve of World War II. 400,000 negatives has been digitized in 3 years and presented on the online portal of European Cultural heritage: www.europeana.org. Parisienne de Photographie has contributed to the project with 30,000 newly digitized photographs from the Roger-Viollet collection – including the works of French photojournalist Maurice-Louis Branger, of Boris Lipnitzki, Gaston Paris, Léon, Levy & Fils and Neurdein. As part of its contribution, the Parisienne de Photographie makes available a selection of photographs from the collections of the museums and libraries of the City of Paris.

Discover the contribution of Parisienne de Photographie on the Europeana portal.
The exhibition of the project, "All Our Yesterdays" was recently presented in Leuven (Belgium).
 

La Parisienne revealed

On the occasion of the European Heritage Days, Parisienne de Photographie is treating you to a behind-the-scene tour

Parisienne de Photographie is in charge of conserving the Roger-Viollet photographic collections bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1984 : 6 millions of images from the invention of photography to the end of the 20th Century. Conservation means sorting out, making inventories, cleaning and storing the negatives or photographic prints in adequate containers. It also means digitization in order to protect this treasure for the use of the generations to come.
Apart from the Roger-Viollet collections, the Parisienne de Photographie reproduces the collections from Parisian museums and patrimonial libraries, almost 20 institutions in all, from the Paris Catacombs to the Historical Library, from the Carnavalet museum to the Palais Galliera fashion museum. Since the creation of the company in 2005, over 400,000 reproductions have become available to the public thanks to the scanning or photographing of works, documents and art pieces, as well as the indexation of these images.
Parisienne de Photographie's other mission is to promote the collections through loans of original pieces, exhibitions of modern prints, screenings and online presentations on Paris.fr, Europeana or Paris en Images. Not to mention the work of Roger-Viollet agency, Parisienne's subsidiary in charge of the distribution to media and book publishing professionals, but that is another story (behind the pictures)!
 

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Our Story behind the pictures: La Parisienne revealed


Image : Mimi (on the left), captaine of the French cancan dancers of the Moulin-Rouge. Paris, 1953.
© Roger-Viollet

Paris freed, Paris photographed, Paris exhibited

At the Carnavalet museum, from 11 June 2014 to 8 February 2015

On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Paris and as part of Photography Month, the Carnavalet Museum is presenting the exhibition Paris freed, Paris photographed, Paris exhibited (trilingual exhibition in French, English and German).

On 25 August 1944, Paris was liberated by the 2nd Armoured Division of General Leclerc and the Allies. Two and a half months later, France and the Allies were still fighting the Nazis but the Carnavalet Museum was already writing history by opening an exhibition on the Liberation on 11 November 1944. Indeed, in September, François Boucher, curator of the Carnavalet Museum and a member of the Resistance, had declared that he wanted to "bring together the documentation essential for future historians". He launched an appeal in the press in order to "build up comprehensive documentation on the days of the Liberation of Paris" and approached numerous institutions.
This exhibition, created spontaneously and based more on emotion than on historical accuracy, was a resounding success, attracting 32,683 visitors.

Paris freed, Paris photographed, Paris exhibited looks back on the 1944 exhibition using photographs by Robert Doisneau, René Zuber and Jean Séeberger, with context given by prints, films of the era, videos of interviews with witnesses of the Liberation, books published at the time and various objects testifying to the commitment of the Parisian members of the Resistance to their cause… This previously unseen collection of varied testimonies helps us to understand the production of images in wartime.

In a face-to-face where photographs and films “respond” to each other, the exhibition route shows how individual and collective memories have been built on images which, over time, have been subject to varied interpretations. An audio-visual installation by the artist Stéphane Thidet illustrates the complex connection which binds us to photographs, and doctor and geneticist Axel Kahn explains how our brain memorises them.
 

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Carnavalet Museum- History of Paris
16, rues des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3ème
Open from Tuesday to Sunday
From 10 am to 6 pm
Closed on Monday and public holidays
Tills close at 5 pm

Curator:
Catherine Tambrun, photographic department, Carnavalet Museum – History of Paris
Assisted by Cyril Colin and Alain Eymard

Scientific adviser: Christine Lévisse-Touzé, Director of the General Leclerc Museum – general curator at the Jean Moulin Museum.


The Carnavalet Museum offers a programme of activities throughout the duration of the exhibition, which can be seen on the museum's website


Image : Parisians surrounding a US soldier. © Rue des Archives/AGIP
Reproduction © Musée Carnavalet/ Parisienne de Photographie

Our Story behind the pictures: The Liberation of Paris
 

Paris Champ & Hors Champ - Contemporary photographs and videos

From September 26, 2014 to January 4, 2015 - Galerie des bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris

Paris Champ et Hors champ (in & out of the scope) presents a composite picture of the French capital through the eyes of contemporary artists over the past thirty years. The exhibition, loosely based on Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities, testifies to the evolution of the medium as well as the mutations of the city and explores various themes, such as Territory (Parisian and metropolitan), Space (urban and personal), or Social life (integrated or marginalized).
Such themes are freely interpreted by photographers and video artists represented in the art collections of the City of Paris (from museums, libraries, Maison européenne de la Photographie, Fonds Municipal d’Art Contemporain, CENTQUATRE, Institut des Cultures d’Islam).

Among the eighty works on display are photographs or videos by artists such as Chris Marker, Stéphane Couturier, Valérie Jouve, Alain Bublex, Mohamed Bourouissa, Jane Evelyn Atwood, Eustache Kossakowsky, Philippe Ramette or Patrick Faigenbaum.


Curator: Anne Cartier-Bresson, director of the Atelier de Restauration et de Conservation des Photographies de la Ville de Paris.
 

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Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris
22 rue Malher Paris 4ème

Tuesdays to Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm
Late opening on Thursdays to 9 pm


Image: Dolorès Marat. Woman with a purse, Charles-de-Gaulle-Etoile, 1957
© Dolorès Marat - Collections Maison Européenne de la Photographie



Discover the photographic series 6 mètres avant Paris (6 meters before Paris) by Eustache Kossakowski, one of his works is exhibited.
 

Thank you! 100 photographs for a Centenary

Exhibition on the Champs-Elysées until September 30th

On the occasion of the First World War Centenary, France is paying tribute to the French and foreign combatants, but also to the colonial troops and the civil population involved in this terrible conflict.
Displayed along the most famous Parisian avenue, discover 100 large format photographs with French and English captions, offering a transverse perspective on the Great War.

Jean-Yves Boeglin expo Merci

Most of the exhibited photographs come from the ECPAD’s collections (the French Department of Defense image agency) and from the archives of the Excelsior newspaper, among which 30 are presented by the Parisienne de Photographie.

This exhibition from the French First World War Centenary Partnership Program was conceived and realized by French journalist Jean-Claude Narcy and French historian Jean-Pierre Verney,  in coproduction with the City of Paris, the ECPAD, the JCDecaux company and the Parisienne de Photographie.
 

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Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris 8th arrondissement
From the Champs-Elysées roundabout to the avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt


Images:
Exhibition poster: Parade for Victory on the boulevards. Truck transporting French ex-servicemen. Paris, on July 14th, 1919. © ECPAD / France / Joly
On the right: © Jean-Yves Boeglin



Our Story behind the pictures: World War One in the archives of the newspaper Excelsior

Days of war 1914-1918 - 120 photographs from the Excelsior newspaper archive

An exhibition by Parisienne de Photographie at the Orangerie du Sénat, jardin du Luxembourg

The exhibition explores an extraordinary photographic collection, which has been rediscovered following its recent digitisation: the Excelsior archive.

Excelsior, a daily French newspaper founded in 1910 was one of the first French press titles to extensively use photography as illustration. From the general mobilisation to the Armistice, from military operations to daily life at the rear, the paper's talented photo-reporters chronicled the Great War in a vivid, empathic manner.

The exhibition displays 120 large format photographs – most of which had not been shown since their initial publication in the newspaper's pages – presented in a chronological order.
Battles and military actions, although evoked, are not the focus of the exhibition: the images document how deeply the conflict permeated all aspects of French life:
Life at the front of course, with the massive movements of troops, and the omnipresence of International and colonial soldiers, but also at the rear, in daily, economic, political and cultural life, with such recurring themes as the war effort, the role of women, the influx of refugees, the mutual aid and solidarity movements, the progresses of medicine, the contribution of the foreign workforce or the splendor of the national celebrations.

15 facsimiles of the Excelsior front pages create a historical timeline of major events parallel to the progression of the exhibition.
Until June 7th, an authentic « Taxi de la Marne », a symbol of the whole French society's involvement in the conflict will also be on display.

The Exhibition, produced by Parisienne de Photographie is supported by the City of Paris, the Fédération Nationale des Caisses d'Epargne and Caisse d'Epargne Ile de France-Paris,  the Mission Centenaire, newspapers L'Equipe and Le Parisien Magazine.

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Days of war, the book
A selection of photographs from the Excelsior archive were recently published in a monumental (544 pages, over 500 photos) book which inspired the exhibition:
Jours de Guerre 1914-1918, les trésors des archives photographiques du journal Excelsior, texts by Jean-Noël Jeanneney, Editions des Arènes 2013.




Orangerie du Sénat, Jardin du Luxembourg
Access porte Férou, rue de Vaugirard
Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 7pm, free entrance

 




Images:
Poster: Fifth day of mobilization in Paris. Departure of the 5th infantry regiment, it is one of the oldest regiment of the French army (created in 1558). Soldiers are wearing their identification tags. Paris, on August 6, 1914.
© Caudrilliers / Excelsior - L’Equipe / Roger-Viollet;
Image at the bottom: Man updating a map of the front, given by the newspaper "Excelsior" to the Parisians, boulevard des Italiens. Paris, late August 1917.
© Excelsior – L'Equipe / Roger-Viollet



Our Story behind the pictures: World War One in the archives of the newspaper Excelsior

Our Story within the story: Exhibition Days of war at the Orangerie du Sénat: the pictures showing Paris

 


 

1914-1918 : rediscovered treasures of the Excelsior photo archive

Jours de Guerre 1914-1918800 exclusive photographs, 500 pages

"Jours de guerre", written by French historian Jean-Noël Jeanneney, retraces WW1 in France from the summer of 1914 to the Treaty of Versailles in 1919, through the photographic reports of the  “Excelsior” newspaper, the first French daily to use photo as  information.

The 1914-1919 photographs from the newspaper had not been seen since their first publication. They have now been digitized by Parisienne de Photographie and are distributed by the Roger-Viollet photo agency.

Edition Les Arènes, in co-edition with the Roger-Viollet agency.

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Date of publication : October 17th, 2013

Dimensions: 278 x 328 mm
Price: 49,90 euros

Exhibition Paris 1900, la Ville spectacle (the City of Entertainment)

From 2 April to 17 August 2014 at the Petit Palais

In 1900, Paris hosted the World Exhibition celebrating the beginning of the 20th century. Over a century later, Petit Palais, the Paris Fine Arts Museum re-explores this flourishing period with an exhibition on the Belle Epoque in the French capital.
The exposition is divided into six sections:
Paris window on the world, Paris Art Nouveau, Paris art capital, Paris fashion myth, Paris by night and Paris on stage.

Walking from one  “pavilion” to another, visitors are invited to discover or rediscover the painting of Degas, Cézanne, Jean Béraud or Maurice Denis, to glimpse at Sarah Bernhardt, Liane de Pougy, or the beautiful Otero, and to browse the photographic albums by Maison Neurdein, as well as photographs by Nadar and Atget.

Works from the museums of the city of Paris are widely featured in the exhibition, as well as a dozen photographs from the Roger-Viollet collections.
 

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Our Story behind the pictures: The 1900 World Exhibition


 

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Paris museum of Fine Arts
Avenue Winston Churchill, Paris 8th arrondissement.
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, late opening until 8pm on Thursdays for temporary exhibitions.
Closed on Mondays and public holidays

Curators:
Christophe Leribault, general curator and director of the Petit Palais ;
Gaëlle Rio, curator at the Petit Palais ;
Alexandra Bosc, curator at the Palais Galliera ;
Dominique Lobstein, art historian.

Interview of Christophe Leribault





Image : Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
Marcelle Lender dansing the boléro in Childéric, 1895-1896.
National Gallery of Art, Washington.
 

Paris, 1914-1918, Life during wartime by Charles Lansiaux

Exhibition at the Galerie des Bibliothèques until June 15, 2014

Charles Lansiaux (1855-1939) became a photographer at the end of the 19th century. He established his own business in 1903, describing his company purpose as "Artistic and industrial photography, city works, emergency works, interior photography with artificial light, enlargements, amateur documentary photography ".

At the beginning of the war in 1914, he started documenting daily life in Paris, far from the frontline. The resulting series of over 1000 images, titled "Aspects of Paris during the war of 1914" was not initially intended for publication but to be preserved as a testimony of what had happened.
The Paris Historical library purchased the images as they were taken.

The exhibition features a selection of 200 of these so far unpublished photos.

Exhibition curators:
André Gunthert, visual culture historian from Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS),
Emmanuelle Toulet, director and curator of Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris.

View images: Paris 1914-1918, life during wartime by Charles Lansiaux


 

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Galerie des Bibliothèques de la Ville de Paris
22 rue Malher Paris 4ème

Tuesdays to Sundays from 1 pm to 7 pm
Late opening on Thursdays to 9 pm


Image: "Refugees from the North of France who travelled by train to settle in their families".
Paris, August 20-30, 1914.
© Charles Lansiaux / BHVP / Roger-Viollet

1914, the latest news

A web documentary on the Arte website

The Roger-Viollet agency is one of the main image partners of the web documentary "1914, Dernières Nouvelles" produced by les Films d'Ici 2 and released on the Arte website on January 6.  Over 50 photographs from the Roger-Viollet Archive as well as Paris museums and library collections will be displayed at the rate of one per day from January to August.

“1914, DERNIERES NOUVELLES” is an interactive serial narrative which offers a complete immersion in the dark and exciting period between January and August 1914. People then believed that everything was still possible, but they also knew deep inside that it could all fall apart. Each day, a new photograph takes the viewers back a hundred years. Taking advantage of the digital format, each photo is enhanced with detailed information. On week-ends, the website broadcasts a weekly supplement in the form of a 1mn30 video-chronicle. Day by day, photographs and videos depict the progressive build-up to the war.
 

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To see the web documentary go to: http://1914dernieresnouvelles.arte.tv/

At the Met in New York: Charles Marville, Photographer of Paris

Exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until May 4, 2014

Widely acknowledged as one of the most talented photographers of the nineteenth century, Charles Marville (French, 1813–1879) was commissioned by the city of Paris to document both the picturesque, medieval streets of old Paris and the broad boulevards and grand public structures that Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann built in their place for Emperor Napoleon III.
This exhibition, organized in association with by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, presents a selection of around one hundred of his photographs.

Marville achieved moderate success as an illustrator of books and magazines early in his career. It was not until 1850 that he shifted course and took up photography—a medium that had been introduced just eleven years earlier. His poetic urban views, detailed architectural studies, and picturesque landscapes quickly garnered praise. Although he made photographs throughout France, Germany, and Italy, it was his native city—especially its monuments, churches, bridges, and gardens—that provided the artist with his greatest and most enduring source of inspiration.

Concurrent with Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, a related installation in the adjacent Howard Gilman Gallery will be on view at the Metropolitan Museum. Paris as Muse: Photography, 1840s–1930s (January 28–May 4, 2014) celebrates the first one hundred years of photography in Paris and features some forty photographs, all drawn from the Museum's collection.
The installation focuses primarily on architectural views, street scenes, and interiors. It explores the physical shape and texture of Paris and how artists have found poetic ways to record through the camera its essential qualities.

http://www.metmuseum.org/about-the-museum/press-room/exhibitions/2014/charles-marville

 

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Metropolitan Museum of Art
1000 Fifth Avenue, New York
Galleries for Drawings, Prints, and Photographs, Second Floor, Galleries 691-693
Sunday -Thursday: 10:00 am–5:30 pm, Friday and Saturday: 10:00 am–9:00 pm, closed the first Monday in May

Image: Rue de Constantine, ca. 1865.
Albumen silver print from glass negative.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, Purchase, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Gift, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986


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Au Masculin! Parisienne de Photographie dresses up the Docks

This winter, Parisienne de Photographie takes you through to an imaginary men's wardrobe through the exhibition « Au Masculin ! » at the Paris Cité de la Mode et du Design

From passageways to rooftop, the exhibition demonstrates in 50 photographs what present fashion owes to yesterday’s styles. From Parisian dandies to fishermen from Brittany, from sewer workers to trendy artists, discover how forgotten looks are invited back into our dressing rooms.

Roger-Viollet photographs collection.
A Cité de la Mode et du Design / Parisienne de Photographie co-production.

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Free exhibition.
Until March 8th, 2014.

Les Docks
Cité de la Mode et du Design
34 quai dAusterlitz, 75013 Paris
Metro: Gare d'Austerlitz or Quai de la Gare
www.citemodedesign.fr

Image: Foujita (1886-1968), Japanese-born French painter, about 1925.
© Boris Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet