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The Senegalese riflemen

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<span style="font-size:80%">Photographic history of women in the 20th century</span>
© Boris Lipnitzki / Roger-Viollet

From January 6 to March 25, 2023

Photographic history of women in the 20th century

This history of women in the 20th century, as seen through the Roger-Viollet collections, is the history of their emancipation. Freeing themselves from the guardianship of their fathers or husbands, they eventually obtained all civil rights, on an equal footing with men. These hundred years were for women a conquest of their freedom. But how did they live during these decades? What was the fate of their time? Which famous women have marked their time?
The Roger-Viollet Gallery exhibits a selection of 86 photographs from the book Une histoire photographique des femmes au XXe siècle published by Gründ Editions.

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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 -


  • 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

  • The election poster

    The election poster

  • The coal

    The coal

  • The wheat

    The wheat

  • The Russian Revolution of 1917

    The Russian Revolution of 1917

  • The globe in all its states

    The globe in all its states

  • Algeria in 1953, 1958 and 1967 <br>by Jean Marquis

    Algeria in 1953, 1958 and 1967
    by Jean Marquis

  • The Sioux of Buffalo Bill's Circus by Léopold Mercier

    The Sioux of Buffalo Bill's Circus by Léopold Mercier


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

  • 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 [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Patrick Ullmann

    Patrick Ullmann

    Patrick Ullmann began to photograph the world of French music and songs in 1961, first at the Studio des Variétés shows and then on the set of the Europe I program Musicorama. Beginning in 1970, he [...]

  • Jean Marquis

    Jean Marquis

    Born in the North of France in 1926, Jean Marquis moved to Paris in 1949. He drifted from job to job until he met Robert Capa who encouraged him to become a photojournalist. A member of Magnum agency [...]

  • 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 [...]

  • Roger Schall

    Roger Schall

    Born in 1904, Roger Schall was a globally renowned photographer in the 1930’s and ‘40’s. He worked in all photographic disciplines including fashion, portraits, nudes and still lives but the majority [...]

  • Béatrice Soulé

    Béatrice Soulé

    In 1999, Béatrice Soulé produced the Ousmane Sow exhibition in Paris on the Pont des Arts. Her years of close association with the Senegalese sculptor were instrumental in amassing a huge [...]

  • Georges Azenstarck

    Georges Azenstarck

    Born in 1934, the committed photo-reporter Georges Azenstarck worked for the French newspaper « L'Humanité » from 1956 to 1968, and for the trade union press. He photographed picket lines, cities, [...]


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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