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Photographica 7 : Cinema through its photographs


This is the gem of the week:
A magazine: its title: Photographica.
Paul-Louis Roubert and Eléonore Challine in charge of the magazine present it to us.

Issue 7 of Photographica entitled “Cinema through its photographs” explores the massive but little-studied production of photographs in the promotion, criticism and writing of cinema: photographs of sets, filming, promotion, working photographs, archives, documentation or photograms. Often opposed since photography is a fixed image and cinema is based on the principle of the moving image, what roles do photographs take on when they represent cinema in situations where it cannot be projected: film press and artistic, cinema histories, exhibitions, windows or theater fronts, film novels, collectible cards and general public magazines, etc. Substitute or staging of cinema, what exactly is this “cinema photography” which takes on multiple faces? With a chronology going from the origins to the end of the 1960s, the authors investigate the history of the production and uses of these images intended to represent, illustrate, publish and write about cinema, thus probing cinema through its photographs.

Photographica is a biannual journal devoted to photography, its history and the visual and material cultures linked to it, from the 19th century to the 21st century. Created in 2020, the journal wishes to provide insight into the dynamics that drive research in this area, both in France and abroad. A French-speaking magazine, it is carried by Éditions de la Sorbonne and available in paper format to order in bookstores or on the publisher’s website (
but also on the OpenEdition Journals portal for free consultation (

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