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‘La légende de L'Histoire’: Bernard Noel's Captions for Photography of the Paris Commune

in Photo-texts

Published by Liverpool University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9781846310522
Published online June 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781846316128 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5949/liverpool/9781846310522.003.0010
‘La légende de L'Histoire’: Bernard Noel's Captions for Photography of the Paris Commune

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In 1995, the French media suddenly began to look less reliable, objective or fair in reporting social (and increasingly political) crisis. These thoughts probably inspired the radical poet and novelist Bernard Noël to choose the photographs and supply written descriptions, along with a prefatory essay, for the volume in the Photopoche Histoire series on the Paris Commune. This chapter examines Noël's use of captions and sequences of photographic images to inflect the photography and, hence, the overall image of the Paris Commune. It considers how his photo-essayism becomes a highly partisan response to the story that bourgeois women, smarting amid the ruins of Paris following the Commune's defeat, allegedly poked out the eyes of the surviving insurgents with hatpins.

Keywords: Bernard Noël; Paris Commune; captions; photography; photo-essayism; women; insurgents; photographic images

Chapter.  5291 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literature

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