Emile ZolaBookcase with a portrait of Emile Zola as a child with his father © Musée d'Orsay, dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Patrice Schmidt
In 1983, the Kodak-Pathé foundation donated an important group of about a thousand photographic pictures to the Musée d'Orsay. These originated in the collections of a Museum of Photography the firm had set up in Vincennes in the early 1960's. This collection covered the full range of nineteenth-century photography, from the precursors of the 1830's like Talbot to the great amateurs of the 1900's like Zola, promoting a sociological approach of the subject: family portraits, photographic albums, etc. Around the theme of human figuration, this hanging aims at presenting rare pieces including daguerreotypes, albums and prints on paper.
Curators Françoise Heilbrun, chief curator , Musée d'Orsay, Quentin Bajac, curator, Musée d'Orsay and Joëlle Bolloch, researcher, Musée d'Orsay.