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One of the best known galleries in the city, Galerie Agathe Gaillard showcases many rare and spectacular photographs clicked by eminent and lesser known photographers. Attend the various exhibitions held here and marvel at the snapshots that have been clicked over the years. Jean-Louis Swiners, Bernard Faucon, Don McCullin and Toni Catany are some of the photographers whose works have been showcased here.
A magnificent mansion built in 1706 in the heart of the Marais area, the Hôtel Hénault de Cantobre was transformed during the last century into a vast exhibition space, dedicated to contemporary photography. It contains a collection of 12,000 works that reflect contemporary photography's historical evolution from the 1960s to the present day. Past displays include works of William Klein, Cartier-Besson, Weegee and, Pierre and Gilles. Visitors are free to use the museum's library, video library, research center and restoration workshop or enjoy a cup of coffee in the café.
Situated just west of the Bois de Boulogne, Musée Albert-Kahn possesses one of the richest archives of early true-color photographs in the world. The former estate and collection of 20th Century banker and world traveler Albert Kahn became a museum in 1986, undergoing major renovations in 1990 and 2006. Rotating exhibitions of the color photographs Kahn had commissioned for his Archive of the Planet from 1909 to 1931 provide exciting glimpses into early 20th century life in many parts of the world. His love of travel and other cultures is also manifest in the themed gardens, where one can stroll through a forest of the Vosges, a Japanese village, a prairie, or an English garden, to name a few corners.
The French museum of photography, located in Bièvres in Essonne, possesses a collection of 25,000 objects, over one million photographs and a very rich library. It was created in 1964 by Jean and André Fage, photography lovers, and it presents the largest collection in Europe. Numerous pieces of equipment are exposed: dark rooms of the 18th Century, and the first cameras as well as today s numeric cameras. The museum website is digitizing a part of its collection: you can zoom in on the pictures, look at negatives, as well as cameras and books from the library.