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To reawaken the archive of a colonial war


A book that immerses us in the profession of war correspondent at the beginning of photojournalism. Renowed novelist at the time of the Belle Epoque, Gaston Chérau (1872-1937) was commissioned by Le Matin – one of the largest Parisian dailies – to follow the Italo-Turkish conflict in Libya (1911-1912). This war involving “the sick man of Europe” mobilized major media outlets who sensed its consequences on the European balance. The writer-reporter, for whom this experience is new, carries in his luggage a camera loaned by a friend. In addition to his telegrams, the war correspondent sends his editors his photographs....

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