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The exhibition features a selection of 200 of these so far unpublished photos.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

More information

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