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Serge Gainsbourg at the opening of his house on rue de Verneuil

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<span style="font-size:80%">PARIS RIGHT BANK / LEFT BANK</span>
© Léon & Lévy / Roger-Viollet

From June 29 to September 30, 2023
Extended until October 7, 2023


Along the Seine between labor and pleasure

From 1860 to 1960, the appearance of the two banks of the Seine is constantly changing because of craft and commercial activities.
One year ahead of the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games ceremony, Galerie Roger-Viollet celebrates the Seine and tells its story through 86 photographs available for the first time as limited edition numbered modern prints.

The Roger-Viollet Gallery welcomes you from Tuesday to Saturday
from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Free admission.

6 rue de Seine 75006 Paris
Tél. + 33 1 55 42 89 09 -


  • "Les bouquinistes" in Paris

    "Les bouquinistes" in Paris

  • Holidays by Janine Niepce

    Holidays by Janine Niepce

  • The pan

    The pan

  • News pictures France-Soir and of 1944-1945

    News pictures France-Soir and of 1944-1945

  • 100 years 24 hours of Le Mans

    100 years 24 hours of Le Mans

  • The aerostat around 1900

    The aerostat around 1900

  • Retirement home for lyric artists by Gaston Paris

    Retirement home for lyric artists by Gaston Paris

  • Large families

    Large families

  • "To the sources of energy" by François Kollar

    "To the sources of energy" by François Kollar

  • Melting glaciers

    Melting glaciers

  • Social housing

    Social housing

  • Elections. Waiting for the results

    Elections. Waiting for the results


Exhibition rentals

For your cultural events, we propose a choice of turnkey exhibitions, or to explore together our exceptional photographic archives for the production of made-to-measure projects.

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Our Photographers

  • Gilberto Ante

    Gilberto Ante

    In 1959 Che Guevara gave Gilberto Ante (1925-1991) his first 35mm camera, an Exakta. From that time on, he photographed the story of the on-going revolution: Fidel Castro, Ernesto "Che" Guevara, Raul [...]

  • Hélène Roger-Viollet

    Hélène Roger-Viollet

    From the 1950’s to the 1970’s, Hélène Roger-Viollet travelled the world with her Rolleiflex camera, visiting America, Asia and Africa... Eldest daughter of the French engineer and amateur [...]

  • Janine Niepce

    Janine Niepce

    Janine Niepce was born on February 12, 1921 in Meudon in a wine-growing family in Burgundy. In 1944, she passed an Art History and Archeology degree at the Sorbonne university. Meanwhile, she [...]

  • Marcel Cerf

    Marcel Cerf

    Marcel Cerf was born in 1911. Historian and journalist, he contributed to the "Monde" from 1929 to 1935, a magazine founded by Henri Barbusse. In 1935, he joined the team of the "Regards" magazine as [...]

  • Albert Harlingue

    Albert Harlingue

    Albert Harlingue, born in Paris in 1879, opened his photographic studio, located at 5 rue Seveste in the 18th district of Paris, in 1905. Starting in the early 20th century, he photographed [...]

  • André Zucca

    André Zucca

    André Zucca was born in Paris in 1897. He started his career as a photographer in the 1920's, working for theatre magazine "Comoedia". From 1935 to 1937, he contributed to various French and foreign [...]

  • Léopold Mercier

    Léopold Mercier

    Beginning in the 1880s, Léopold Mercier had a profitable business in Paris and Cabourg as a photographer and editor producing photographic reproductions of art works and publishing works such as "The [...]

  • Catherine Deudon

    Catherine Deudon

    Catherine Deudon was born in 1940 in Orléans (France). To a father working as a pharmacist and to a mother who was a former gym teacher and who became a housewife after her wedding, Catherine Deudon [...]


Explore our collections

  • Science and technology

    Science and technology

  • Libération de Paris

    Libération de Paris

  • Beaux Arts

    Beaux Arts

  • Universal & Colonial Exhibitions

    Universal & Colonial Exhibitions

  • Life under occupation

    Life under occupation

  • WWII


  • Architecture


  • History of France

    History of France

  • Insolite


  • Artist portraits

    Artist portraits

  • Transportation


  • Rural life and villages in France

    Rural life and villages in France

  • Dance & Opera

    Dance & Opera

  • Cinema


  • Marville & Atget

    Marville & Atget

  • Music



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    An important part of the Roger-Viollet collection (6 million documents) and the France-Soir collection (1 million photos) is already accessible online. We are constantly digitizing and indexing tens of thousands of new images that are constantly being added to the roger-viollet.fr site on a daily basis.

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