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

Published by Elodie D. · Published on December 10th, 2018 at 11:00 a.m.
Photographie, arme de classe, the free photo exhibition on view at the Centre Pompidou from November 7, 2018 to February 4, 2019, looks back at documentary and social photography in France from 1928 to 1936. The Popular Front in France and the Spanish War still largely sum up the idea of engagement during the interwar period.

Running from November 7, 2018 to February 4, 2019 at the Centre Pompidou, theexhibition " Photographie, arme de classe " sheds new light on the social and documentary photography emerging in France in the early 1930s.

The title, " Photographie, arme de classe " (" Photography, a class weapon"), is a nod to the manifesto text by journalist Henri Tracol, intended to federate the photographic section of the Association des écrivains et artistes révolutionnaires ("Association of Revolutionary Writers and Artists") founded in Paris in 1932, against a backdrop of rising political, economic and social tensions.

At the Centre Pompidou, over 100 photographs and some 40 documents provide a panorama of the period's committed photography, as well as formal series, in France with the Popular Front and in Europe, notably in Spain. Whether criticizing poverty or reporting on the class struggle, many of the greatest names in modern photography chronicled the social events of 1928 to 1936.

Willy Ronis, Eli Lotar, Nora Dumas, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Germaine Krull, Gisèle Freund, Lisette Model, many of them used new photographic processes to raise social awareness of the misery in the capital in the early 1930s, as illustrated by Ilya Ehrenbourg.

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From November 7th, 2018 to February 4th, 2019



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    75004 Paris 4

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