The French writer Émile Zola, father of the Rougon-Macquart series of novels and leader of the naturalist literary movement, is renowned across the world as the conscience of humanity for his manifesto J’accuse…! published during the Dreyfus affair. His activities as an amateur photographer are less well known to the general public. On the fringes of his literary work, in the later years (from 1894 to 1902), Émile Zola practiced photography as an enlightened amateur. Although he knew personally some of the great nineteenth century photographer (Nadar, Carjat, Pierre Petit), he discovered the practice of the medium during summer holidays...
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