Snapshots of Paris

photograph
Fernand ArnalAsphalters, 7 July 1905© DR - RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / DR
During the 1880's, technical progress revolutionised photography and made possible the emergence of snapshots, a technique one of the main subjects of which was the city, staged in a real life situation. In Paris, photographers took to the streets, discovered unexpected viewpoints (balconies, bus platforms...), endeavoured to render its animation : passers-by, workers, demonstrations... New aesthetics appeared, made up of blurred pictures, wide-angle shots or de-centring.

Curator

Quentin Bajac, curator, Musée d'Orsay.

Publication

Periodical
48/14, La revue du musée d'Orsay, issue # 17, Autumn 2003
Musée d'Orsay / Réunion des musées nationaux
€ 11

6 October 1998 - 10 January 1999
Musée d'Orsay
salles 49 et 50

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