Albert Londres and the image

Albert Londres denounces the death of 17,000 blacks during the construction of the railway Congo Ocean;
If the minister of the colonies does not believe me, I have the photos at his disposal“.
© Albert Londres


Curator: Hervé Brusini
Designer: Laurent Hochberg

It’s a bit like a revelation of something which in fact had been under our noses for a long time. Journalist Albert Londres (1884-1932), known for his art of telling a story, his fight against injustice and all kinds of violence, whether against “madmen”, prostitutes, convicts, blacks treated as slaves – was also a photographer. As of today, more than 800 photos have been found, taken as both a professional and an amateur. There are therefore images relating to the majority of the major investigations he conducted around the world. Sometimes they were published on the front pages of the major newspapers of the time. Many others can be seen for the first time in Bayeux. Londres declared that “the journalist’s job is not to please, nor to lay blame, it is to twist the knife in the wound”. At a time when mistrust of information has become endemic, this exhibition takes us on a journey back to the origins of contemporary journalism. It aims to show that as the press was burgeoning, Albert Londres as a reporter already considered that words and images shared the same aim, the same ambition, which was to serve the truth.

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October 3 2022


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