Photography as a weapon of class, the exhibition at Centre Pompidou

Published by Elodie D. · Updated on 9 December 2018 at 11h00 · Published on 6 August 2018 at 13h46
Photography as a weapon of class, the free photo exhibition running from November 7, 2018 to February 4, 2019 at Centre Pompidou, will return to the documentary and social photography in France from 1928 to 1936. Popular Front in France, the Spanish War still broadly sum up the idea of commitment during the interwar period.

Held from November 7, 2018 to February 4, 2019 at Paris Centre Pompidou, the “Photography as a weapon of classexhibition offers a new light on the social and informative photography emerging in France in the early 1930’s.

This title, “Photography as a weapon of class” is a nod to the manifesto written by journalist Henri Tracol aiming at bringt the photography section and the association of revolutionary writers and artists created in 1932 in Paris together in a context when political, economic and social tensions grew.

At Centre Pompidou, over 100 photographs and about forty documents for a big pictures of the era’s committed photographs and formal series in France with the Popular Front and in Europe, especially in Spain. Criticizing the poverty, informing about the class warfare, there are numerous big names of modern photography telling the societal events from 1928 to 1936.

Willy Ronis, Eli Lotar, Nora Dumas, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Germaine Krull, Gisèle Freund, Lisette Model, many will use new photo processes to raise social awareness about the miserable life the capital offers in the early 1930’s, illustrated by Ilya Ehrenbourg.

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
From 7 November 2018 to 4 February 2019



    Place Georges-Pompidou
    75004 Paris 4

    Métro ligne 11 station "Rambuteau"


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