Paris, tours et détours

Exhibition at Saint-Lazare station from February 7 to April 6, 2019

The exhibition "Paris, tours et détours" (strolls and detours) is part of the program of events celebrating Roger-Viollet photographic agency’s 80th birthday.

In 1938, Hélène Roger-Viollet and her husband to be Jean-Victor Fischer took over Laurent Olliviers ‘s small picture shop, located 6 rue de Seine in Paris and founded the Roger-Viollet photo agency. In the post war years, the agency’s founders acquired various collections, composing one of the largest historical photographic archive in Europe and a fabulous testimony of the past 150 years in French end International history. The priceless heritage – 6 million documents, bequeathed to the City of Paris in 1985 – also documents over a century and a half of photographic history, from its origins to the end of the 20th century. In 2005, Roger-Viollet was integrated into the Parisienne de Photographie, a local public company controlled by the City of Paris. Since then, Roger-Viollet is distributing foreign historical collections in France, as well as material by independent photographers who have entrusted their archives to its management.

About 50 large format images are displayed, showing the changes of daily life from 1860 to 1980, as well as the architectural transformations of Paris and suburb, over one century of photographic history.

In collaboration with SNCF Gares & Connexions.

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  • Saint-Lazare station 3rd level Hall and tunnel between rue de Rome and rue de Londres
  • Image: Young gipsy girl running in the rue de Titon. Paris (11th arrondissement), circa 1970. Photograph by Léon Claude Vénézia (1941-2013).
    © Léon Claude Vénézia/Roger-Viollet