Musée d'Orsay: Photographs of the Paris Commune

Photographs of the Paris Commune

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

14 March - 11 June 2000
Musée d'Orsay

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