Laure Albin-Guillot Paris, Camouflage des Sculptures de Notre-Dame
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1939-40 Print Date 1939-40
Dimensions 7-1/4 x 6 in. (184 x 152 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With two rubber stamps of the photographer on the reverse, same wording but different sizes, "Prière de mentionner: Photo Laure Albin Guillot"; titled and dated in pencil on the reverse. Historically significant and artistic photograph by the French photographer who is perhaps most noted for her portraits and nudes. With the beginning of World War II, and the threat from German aircraft and troops, the French government sought to give some measure of protection to its beloved historical landmarks. The sandbagging of the most famous of all Parisian cathedrals, Notre Dame, combines the sublime artistry of the Gothic architecture with the ominous threat of war. Exhibited in the Museum of Photographic Arts' (San Diego, CA) show "Paris: A Century in the City of Light".
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