Photo Exhibit in Paris
To satisfy the needs of magazine and book publishers for illustrations, Robert Doisneau visited Irène and Frederic Joliot-Curie at their laboratories on several occasions between 1942 and 1956. Most of the resulting photographs lay forgotten in the archives, but close to a hundred have been recovered for an exhibit in Paris, including 27 original prints and numerous contact sheets. Many supporting documents are also on display, including the Cyclotron Diaries from 1941 to 1947, and contributions from old associates of the Joliot-Curies.
The exhibit, "Doisneau chez les Joliot-Curie. Un photographe au pays des physiciens," shows the activities of the pair of "radioactivists" in their laboratories at the Institut Curie, at the CNRS, at the CEA and at the Collège de France during a period of rapid scientific development, and it also displays Doisneau's considerable skills in recording and dramatizing these developments.
Open 31 May to 16 October 2005, Tues-Sun. 10am-6pm at the Musée des arts et métiers, 60, rue Réamur, Paris III (Metro Arts et métiers or Réaumur-Sébastopol). See http://www.arts-et-metiers.net/