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The parisian chronicles

Sunday 23 March 2008

Modified the 04/05/18

70 years of daily life in Paris From the collections of the Roger-Viollet Agency.

Photo Exhibit March 30 – June 1, 2008

"The Parisian Chronicles" is a major milestone exhibit programmed to celebrate the 70 years of existence of the Roger-Viollet Agency. The Parisian framework that offers the first floor of the Eiffel Tower is as timeless as the photos of Paris in the exhibit, including some rarely-seen images from the Agency’s collections.

70 photos to discover on the first floor of the Tour Eiffel, 57 metres above Paris...

As you stroll in and amongst the photos on display on the first floor, you’ll travel back in time to the years 1880 – 1950 casting a glance on tender moments, sometime humorous, delicate or intriguing. Continue down familiar streets or go down a few new ones, or follow the charm of Paris from the Luxembourg Gardens to the Quai des Fleurs where flowers and plants are sold. And then go back in time to the Universal Exhibition of 1900 or the floods of 1910, the hordes of Parisians taking a stroll on the Grands Boulevards or small groups enjoying a private music concert…

Together this accumulation of fleeting moments reconstitutes the spirit of the city and its inhabitants, where the Eiffel Tower silhouette stands tall in the photos since those of Agency founder Henri Roger.

Reflections from one to another, these photos offer the visitor a promenade down memory lane, Paris of days gone by.

Roger-Viollet Agency

October 14, 1938, Hélène Roger and her fiancé, Jean-Victor Fischer, take over the photo shop of Laurent Ollivier, located at 6 rue de Seine and founded "Documentation Photographique Générale Roger-Viollet".

After WWII, Roger-Viollet bought up numerous collections constituting one of the biggest photo banks in Europe by 1960. These collections span more than a century and a half of world history: major events, craftsmen, Beaux Arts, science and politics, the streets of Paris and exotic travels, and of course, famous portraits and candid moments.

This photo heritage – more than 6 million works and documents, which today belong to the city of Paris – also follows the development of photography via the works of photo studios during the Second Empire up to the era of photo reporters capturing the wars of the 20th century.

A book accompanies “The Parisian Chronicles” exhibit, published by Chene as part of the Roger-Viollet publications, available in the Eiffel Tower shops.

La Tour Eiffel appartient à la Ville de Paris qui en a confié l’entretien et l’exploitation, fin 2005, à la SETE (Société d’Exploitation de la Tour Eiffel), dans le cadre d’une délégation de service public d’une durée de dix ans.

Practical Information :
Free entry to exhibit for all Eiffel Tower visitors
The Eiffel Tower is open every day from 9:30am to 23:45pm (9am to 12:45am from 13/06 to 31/08).

*The Roger-Viollet Agency is part of the “Parisienne de Photographie”, a mixed economy group owned by the City of Paris and responsible for digitizing and circulating the municipal bank of icons and photos as a public service, for a period of eight years.
More information :

Bal /4301-10 - - © Maurice Branger / Roger-Viollet
Bastille Day Ball in front of the Panthéon. Paris, 5th arrondissement, 1912. BRA - 75754

Réverbère / 1410-5 - -© LAPI / Roger-Viollet
Cleaning the street lights. Paris, 1st arrondissement, Place Vendôme, 1944.

Affiche / 564 - 8 - -© Jacques Boyer / Roger-Viollet
Two-seater motorcycle in front of the Champ-de-Mars. Paris, 1922.

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