In her book, Une histoire contrariée: Le musée de photographie en France (1839–1945), the historian Éléonore Challine retraces the slow and difficult process to legitimise photography within the French institutional sphere. This is a history driven by individual personalities convinced of the need to preserve photography and give it a museum. Structured as an extensive and thorough investigation, scouring archives and unpublished written and visual traces of these projects, Challine’s study unfolds like a bourgeois drama in five acts.
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December 10, 2017 to January 11, 2018