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Some photographs taken in France | Review

by Ellinor Thunberg

Rose Zehner at the Citroen strikeSome Photographs Taken in France celebrates the first hundred years of French photography. The exhibition is currently on display at The Diemar/Noble, a photography gallery in central London.

As the name suggests, the pictures were all taken in France, but that is about all that they have in common. The eclectic mix covers a variety of genres – from still life and arts to portraits and amateur snaps.

Agent provocateur

One of the most provocative items is probably the series where French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec is pictured defecating at the beach at Le Crotoy in 1898. The artist is famous for his Moulin Rouge posters and the photos were taken by his friend and art dealer Maurice Loyant.

Another photo shows strike action at the Citroën car factory in 1938. The woman in focus is called Rose Zehner and the image is shot by Willy Ronis. It is a strong composition that showcases the powerful working class.

Other photographers on show include Henri-Cartier Bresson, Gustave Le Gray and Jacques-Henri Lartigue.

The French connection

 

Exhibition details
The Diemar/Noble Photography
66/67 Wells Street, W1T 3PY

The exhibition provides a glimpse of life in France, from the late 1850s and the following century, while also illustrating the photographic development during that period. The photos show a wide range of different techniques including prints, wax paper negatives and silver gelatin prints.

 

You probably won’t need more than 20 minutes to walk around the small gallery, located in Fitzrovia, but it’s an interesting collection for anyone with a passion for French history and photography. The free exhibition is curated by Michael Diemar and is open until July 16.


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