The cultural institutionalization of photography in France: a brief history

Yacavone, Kathrin (2014) The cultural institutionalization of photography in France: a brief history. Nottingham French Studies, 55 (2). pp. 122-135. ISSN 2047-7236

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This article provides a historical overview of the cultural institutionalization of photography in France, with a particular focus on the pioneering initiatives of individual photography enthusiasts throughout the 1970s to promote photographic culture. These efforts were roughly simultaneous with changes in acquisition and exhibition practices on the part of fine art museums and collections with respect to photography, in response to an increasing world-wide recognition of its status as an art form. The article explains how, despite the promotion of photography as a French invention and a contribution to culture (as early as its inception in 1839), an active cultural politics of photography did not emerge until the early to mid-1980s and was an opportune reaction to, and institutionalized framing of, ground-level cultural developments already underway.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This has been accepted for publication by Edinburgh University Press in Nottingham french Studies.
Keywords: Bibliothèque nationale de France, Centre national de la photographie, cultural politics, Jack Lang, Maison européenne de la photographie
Schools/Departments: University of Nottingham, UK > Faculty of Arts > School of Cultures, Languages and Area Studies > Department of French and Francophone Studies
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Depositing User: Yacavone, Kathrin
Date Deposited: 10 Mar 2017 10:47
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 16:51

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