Parisienne de Photographie and the Roger-Viollet Archive

Parisienne de Photo

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Parisienne de Photographie is a local, semi-public enterprise created in 2005 by the City of Paris to digitise and manage reproduction rights to its photographic and iconographic collections.

The collections managed by Parisienne de Photographie include the Roger-Viollet archive, one of France's oldest photographic agencies, created in 1938. Its collections cover over 150 years of Parisian, French and International history around 4 main themes:  historical events, French cities, landscape and daily life, portraits of personalities, and reproductions of art works.  At their deaths, in 1985, the founders of the agency bequeathed close to 6 million photos to the City of Paris. In 2005, the agency was integrated to the Parisienne de Photographie group and is still in charge of the commercial distribution of the collections.

Photographs and art reproductions from the collections of major Parisian museums and libraries such as Musée Carnavalet (history of Paris), the City’s historical library, the Museum of Modern Art, Petit Palais (XIXth Century Fine Arts), Musée Galliera (Fashion), Victor Hugo’s and Balzac’s houses, are also part of the Parisienne de Photographie’s portfolio.

1900 Paris World Fair. The river Seine, the Eiffel Tower and the giant terrestrial globe at night. Photograph by Neurdein. © Neurdein / Roger-ViolletEN: Coco Chanel (1883-1971), French designer. Paris, 1936. Photograph by Boris Lipnitzki. © Boris Lipnitzki / Roger-ViolletSpeech by Jean Jaurès on May 25, 1913, during the demonstration against the law increasing the duration of military service from 2 to 3 years, at le Pré-Saint-Gervais. Photograph by Maurice-Louis Branger. © Maurice-Louis Branger / Roger-Viollet