Although the richness of the collection comes from a clever balance between the quality of the masterpieces and the historical representativeness, certain key elements emerge naturally when it comes to defining it.
First of all,
French photography between 1840 and 1850 is highlighted, from the early
daguerreotypists to the “primitives” of the paper negative process. Then, in keeping with the Musée’s original international remit, there is a focus on creative work from other countries, Anglo-Saxon countries in particular. Finally, the third key element arises from the multi-disciplinary nature of the institution: while reserving an important place for the amateur photography of artists and writers, the collection also highlights the many ways painters, sculptors, decorators and architects used the medium as an aid to inspiration, through photographic collections produced or assembled by the artists themselves.
To see the selection of photographs currently on display in this gallery, please click here