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Paris and the Cliché of History: The City and Photographs, 1860-1970

Catherine E. Clark


Focusing on one of photography’s birthplaces, Paris and the Cliché of History tells the story of how photographs came to be imagined and deployed as documents of the past. It uncovers the changing conventions that drove the formation of public photo archives, the inclusion of photos on the pages of illustrated books, their place in historical exhibitions and public festivals, and the organization of amateur photo contests to document Paris. It explores how contemporaries looked at photos, new and old, through the lenses of war, occupation, urban renovation, and other traumas. From this point o ... More

Keywords: historical methodology, photo archive, illustrated book, popular history, Paris, cliché, photography, museum city, urbanization, memory

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190681647
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190681647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Catherine E. Clark, author
Assistant Professor of French Studies and Class of 1947 Career Development Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology