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Charles and Paul Géniaux – Photography, a destiny


Born in Rennes, Charles and Paul Géniaux worked as publishers, photographers, journalists and writers. Yet, except for some of the people of Rennes, to whom this last name may refer to a street or a sports complex, they are today largely unknown.

Forerunners in the field of reportage photography, the two brothers have left an important photographic collection. Their production, preserved in the Museum of Brittany, in the family and in various national museums (Musée d’Orsay, MuCEM, Carnavalet Museum, Museum of Decorative Arts) is gathered here for the first time. The exhibition incorporates original images and a variety of media:

– negatives on glass or on film,

– original prints made during their lifetime,

– contemporary prints,

– a documentary film by director Hubert Budor created from family archives.

Great travelers, the brothers take us, with images, from Brittany to Provence through Paris, to Tunisia and Morocco, between the years 1890 and 1920. The scenography is made by Raphael Aubrun and the graphic design by Les Designers graphiques.


Charles et Paul Géniaux – La photographie, un destin
Until April 26
Musée de Bretagne
Les Champs Libres
10, cours des Alliés
35000 Rennes

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