Y. BondyPortrait of a national guard dead in action, probably made un a Parisian hospital© Montreuil, musée de l'Histoire vivante
The Paris Commune was the first major event in French history to be the object of a large scale photographic rendering and, like the American Civil War, it engendered a profusion of pictures.
Action reports, reconstructions and photomontages offer diverse viewpoints, sometimes contradictory or partisan. Their confrontation allows for a study of all the ways photographs could be manipulated, as early as that time, and the difficulty to interpret them.
Quentin Bajac, curator, Musée d'Orsay