Paris & Roger-Viollet

300 photos, 224 pages

Roger-Viollet’s vision of Paris… 6 million images that tell the story of Paris.

In 1938, Hélène Roger-Viollet and her husband Jean-Victor Fischer, both passionate about photography and frequent travellers, founded the “Roger-Viollet agency” on rue de Seine in Paris. Today, it is one of the oldest French agencies.
The couple constituted a unique photographic collection in Europe, bearing close to 4 million negatives and about 2 million prints. The collection was bequeathed to the city of Paris.
Daguerreotypes, photographic plates, paper prints, slides or digital media, these photographic collections cover the last two centuries of our history… and that of Paris in particular, through its architecture, celebrities, atmosphere, great events, small trades, cultural life and ordinary scenes of daily life.
This book will invite you to rediscover the City of Lights through this unique collection.

Published by La vie du Rail editions in partnership with Roger-Viollet – Parisienne de Photographie.

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  • La Vie du Rail editions

    Bilingual: French/English
    Date of publication: May 30, 2019
    Dimensions: 22 x 27 cm
    Price: 35 euros
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  • Cover image Quai du Louvre. Couple on the banks of the river Seine, near the pont des Arts. Paris (1st and 6th arrondissements), 1949. Photograph by Edith Gérin (1910-1997). Bibliothèque historique de la Ville de Paris.
    © Edith Gérin / BHVP / Roger-Viollet