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Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse : L’atelier Pasquero


This winter, the musée de l’Hospice Comtesse was to be transformed, during an exhibition, into a moving collection of images and invite you to discover the functioning and production of a photographic workshop in Lille during the first half of the Twentieth century. Following the latest government announcements, the exhibition will open as soon as possible.

From a selection of more than 260 photographs, objects and documents from the studio of Jean and René Pasquero, the museum shows for the first time in its entirety, the fascinating work of these two photographers from Lille whose activity spanned nearly sixty years, from 1907 to 1969.

Acquired in 1972, the collection of this workshop represents a unique documentary source, both for its value as a testimony to the industrial, social and architectural history of Lille and the metropolis, but also as an heritage, illustrating the history of a profession. which evolves at the rate of technological progress and of which Jean Pasquero was a strong defender.

This presentation, conceived according to a chronological and didactic course, mixing prints and cameras, revolves around three strong moments: the amateur practice of Jean Pasquero during his military career, his professional practice as a portrait photographer with a reconstruction of his studio. (reception room and studio), and the assignment  work in which he specialized (architecture, industry, commerce, social works). A space devoted to the laboratory’s activity allows the public to understand the various development techniques and prints of the time and their applications.

The Hospice Comtesse museum, the city’s Art and History museum, thus reveals a very rich collection ranging from “ordinary” photographs to exceptional documents of surprising modernity.


Musée de l’Hospice Comtesse

32, rue de la monnaie – 59000 Lille


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