Photographic Display

From 12 November 2014 to 24 February 2015

Emmaüs at Orsay/Orsay at Emmaüs

Lewis HineChildren selling newspapers in New York© Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt / Alexis Brandt
The Musée d'Orsay and the basic training workshop run by Emmaüs Solidarité, an association founded in 1954 that works in the field of shelter, social support and housing integration, are jointly presenting a photograph display combining artistic photography and photo-reportage based on themes such as family, new horizons, work and Paris.
For the first time at the Musée d'Orsay, those with little access to culture are becoming the actors of a project that is embodied both within and outside of its walls.

After taking part in several educational sessions, a group of some thirty participants in the basic training workshop run by Emmaüs Solidarité selected a number of photographs. They were thus able to discover the wealth and diversity of the museum's photographic collections, which houses more than 46,000 photographs.
They were able to back up their choices, express their appreciation, justify and compare.... The photographs examined by the participants played an integral role in the training sessions and were used to work on specific oral and written language skills.

This project, which took place over three months, also aimed to introduce an audience unfamiliar with museums to new cultural practices. Discovering the role of a curator, the work of a photographer, and visiting the museum itself were all essential steps in the experience, without which the work carried out would not have taken on its full meaning.
At the same time, reproductions of the same works are on display in the Emmaüs training workshop in Paris for the viewing pleasure of the association's employees, volunteers and trainees.


The participants in the basic training workshop run by Emmaüs Solidarité, with the help of Thomas Galifot, curator at the Musée d'Orsay.

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