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Prints, photographs, and posters
Photographs were only subject to legal deposit arrangements from 1925 onwards. However, photographers voluntarily deposited their works in the 19th century.
Furthermore, BnF’s collections, most of which are held by the Prints and Photographs department, were immediately expanded by way of a large number of donations and acquisitions.
These collections illustrate photography’s various different states and roles.
They include works by photographers including, for example, the following:
They also include press photography such as collections from the Rol, Meurisse, Mondial and SAFARA agencies (200,000 news images from 1904 to 1945), the archives of the L’Aurore newspaper (two million images covering the period 1904-1980), etc.
The collections also cover all types of media used in the distribution of artistic and documentary photography: illustrated books, postcards, etc.
Also available for consultation in the Performing Arts department is a very extensive collection of photographs of artists and shows covering the period from 1945 to the present day. Key collections include those of Roger Pic, Daniel Cande, Joël Verhoustraeten, Marée-Breyer, etc.
Le fonds Roger Pic (archives photographiques de théâtre)
Thursday, October 2, 2014
Where to consult the documents ?
Photographie : une collection unique au monde, Chroniques n°64 (octobre-décembre 2012) [fichier .pdf – 608 Ko – 2 p.]
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