Charles HugoVictor Hugo© RMN-Grand Palais (Musée d'Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Victor Hugo understood very early on the multiple potentialities of photography and he foresaw its possible use in the field of edition. Exiled in Jersey, he encouraged his sons, Charles and François-Victor, and one of his disciples, Auguste Vacquerie, to open a daguerreotype, and then a paper-photography workshop in their house, Marine Terrace, about which one can truly speak of romantic photography. He was planning to illustrate his recent political pieces - Napoléon le Petit, Châtiments
- and to publish anew his previous work, The Rhine, The Orientals
. As he wished to insert his portrait, he wrote to Hetzel, his publisher, that one must break free of the heavy and thick lithography !" ; but censorship and financial difficulties prevented the publication of several projects, one of which included views with drawings, landscapes and portraits.
Curators Françoise Heilbrun, chief curator, Musée d'Orsay and Quentin Bajac, curator, Musée d'OrsayIn parallel to this exhibition, the Maison de Victor Hugo organised an exhibition devoted to the photographer Edmont Bacot in Hauteville House in 1862.