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The saga of inventions, from the gas mask to the washing machine: the archives of the CNRS


The CNRS archives are full of thousands of images testifying to decades of research and inventions. This heritage, produced between 1915 and 1938, is currently the subject of a major exhibition as part of the international photography festival in Arles. These unrecognized images are the visual witnesses of twenty years of research and inventions initially related to war and national defense, then oriented to civil and domestic life. They sketch a history of innovation, crossed by design, at the crossroads of science, technology and industry. These photographs also tell the beginnings of the institutionalization of the research, since the creation,...

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