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2020 SPE Annual Conference: Hosted by The University of Houston | Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts | School of Art

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Peter Sramek

SPE Member since 2012
Member Chapter: International

Piercing TIme: Paris after Marville and Atget

Piercing Time presents Sramek's rephotographic project which examines the archive of topographic photographs of Paris made by Charles Marville between 1865 and 1877, first under Georges Haussmann and then under the Third Republic. The book addresses photographic representation of urban history from a number of angles through essays by the artist and co-authors Min Kyung Lee and Shalini Le Gall. The book was released in October, 2013 by Intellect Press (UK) and is distributed by the University of Chicago Press. A major work by this established artist, it contains over 450 photographs and maps.

The collection juxtaposes Marville's photographs with those made by Sramek in identifying and revisiting 184 locations to make contemporary rephotographs using a large format camera. The selection of sites was made through archival research in the Muse Carnavalet and follows a line through Paris as a metaphor of the linear avenue, archaeological slice and of the piercings through neighbourhoods which typified the Haussmann renovation of Paris in the 1860s. Images by Eugne Atget from the early 20th century of the same sites add a temporal and methodological layer to the discussion.

It was Charles Marville's task to document in photographs what Georges Haussmann slated for demolition and in this illustrated lecture, Sramek talk will address our ambivalence in the face of urban change and the possible loss of heritage which accompanies it, as well as the role which photography has played in recording such change. He will discuss his process of researching and revisiting Marville's sites to discover changes of the past 150 years and what he learned from speaking with today's Parisians about how the city continues to change in some of its oldest neighborhoods.

For more information on Piercing Time, please visit:

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Piercing Time: Paris After Marville and Atget

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