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Charles Marville, Rue de Constantine, 1866, albumen print from collodion wet plate negative, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation Fund, through Joyce and Robert Menschel, 1986.

Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris in the Age of Haussmann

Sunday, Jul 13, 2014
3 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Law Building, Lower Level
1001 Bissonnet Map & Directions

Presented by Sarah Kennel, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, and organizing curator of the exhibition Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris.

Sarah Kennel introduces the life and work of Charles Marville, an artist-turned-photographer who documented Paris during a period of tremendous upheaval and urban transformation.  As official photographer for the city of Paris, Marville recorded in lush detail both the streets and structures of the old city that was slated for imminent destruction as well as the emerging spectacle of the new city, complete with extensive pleasure parks, elegant, broad boulevards and ornate gas lamps. Brilliantly merging artistic sensibility with documentary intent, Marville’s photographs of Paris offer a powerful and evocative account of modernity and modernization in the City of Light. 

This talk is preceded by a related lecture, “History, Modernity, and Nature in Early French Photography.” A reception to meet the speakers, and viewing of the exhibition Charles Marville: Photographer of Paris, follow this lecture.

This event is free with Museum admission. Drop in to participate.

Special thanks to Adept Word Management for transcription services.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by Caroline Wiess Law; The National Endowment for the Humanities; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; the Favrot Fund; and Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.