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Exhibition: "Hélène's trips,
a life-time spent on
documenting the world"

12520-5 © Hélène Roger-Viollet & Jean Fischer / Roger-Viollet
68 images

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 photographer, Henri Roger-Viollet, Hélène grew up among her father’s photographic experiences. In 1938, after studying journalism, she founded the Roger-Viollet photo agency with her husband Jean Fischer.

Her trips were a mean to complete, document and broaden her archives. Rather than looking for the sensational, Hélène Roger-Viollet testified, through her square-shaped photographs, about the daily life and customs of people living in foreign countries, like an ethnologist, at a time when it was not easy to travel. The photographer said in a documentary film made in 1981, “we haven’t reported but created documents to broaden our collections with the missing documents”.

Taking photographs during 30 years, Hélène Roger-Viollet has been creating a collection combining both informative testimony and her personal aesthetics.

In 1985, she died tragically at the age of 84, assassinated by her husband with whom she had shared her life for 50 years. Her collection of photographs was then bequeathed to the City of Paris and is now housed at the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris.

Hélène’s trips is the first exhibition entirely dedicated to Hélène Roger-Viollet’s work.

Watch the interview with Hélène Roger-Viollet and Jean Fisher in 1981

Prices of the exposed prints :

Print only 30 x 30 cm : 230 €  - Framed print 260 €

Print only 40 x 40 cm : 320 € - Framed print 360 €

Print only 50 x 50 cm : 420 € - Framed print 470 €

Framing: light wenge wood veneer frame, 7,8mm rod.

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Roger-Viollet | 344893 | Darwin (Australia) | © Hélène Roger-Viollet & Jean Fischer / Roger-Viollet
5226-3 DG

Old woman and child. Darwin (Australia), February 1964. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 501608 | Desert. Wadi Halfa (Sudan), February 1955. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985). | © Hélène Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
5399-1 DG

Desert. Wadi Halfa (Sudan), February 1955. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 835647 | To the south of Wadi Halfa. Sudan (Africa). 1955. | © Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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To the south of Wadi Halfa. Sudan (Africa). 1955.

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Roger-Viollet | 1079140 | Second cataract of the Nile River. Sudan (Africa). 1955. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985). | © Hélène Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
6889-15 DG

Second cataract of the Nile River. Sudan (Africa). 1955. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 788032 | Desert in the South, after Tataouine. Tunisia, February 1965. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985). | © Hélène Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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Desert in the South, after Tataouine. Tunisia, February 1965. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 424936 | Head of a bull from a capital of the palace of Darius I the Great (522-486 BC). Persepolis (Iran), January 1958. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985). | © Hélène Roger-Viollet & Jean Fischer / Roger-Viollet
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Head of a bull from a capital of the palace of Darius I the Great (522-486 BC). Persepolis (Iran), January 1958. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 526225 | Médénine (Tunisie) | © Hélène Roger-Viollet & Jean Fischer / Roger-Viollet
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Ghorfa, traditional vaulted home. Medenine (Tunisia), February 1965. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 587819 | Interior of El Ghriba synagogue. Hara Sghira (Tunisia), February 1965. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985). | © Hélène Roger-Viollet & Jean Fischer / Roger-Viollet
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Interior of El Ghriba synagogue. Hara Sghira (Tunisia), February 1965. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 857276 | Iwan and courtyard of the Shah Mosque (built between 1612 and 1637). Isfahan (Iran), 1958. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985). | © Hélène Roger-Viollet & Jean Fischer / Roger-Viollet
7815-7 DG

Iwan and courtyard of the Shah Mosque (built between 1612 and 1637). Isfahan (Iran), 1958. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 289260 | Gao (Mali) | © Hélène Roger-Viollet & Jean Fischer / Roger-Viollet
5386-18 DG

The Tomb of Askia Mohammad I (1443-1538)). Cut pyramid in dried mud (banco) with wooden armatures. Gao (Mali), February 1973. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985) and Jean Fischer (1904-1985).

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Roger-Viollet | 659766 | Self-portrait of Henri Roger in his laboratory, on January 24, 1892. | © Henri Roger / Roger-Viollet
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Self-portrait of Henri Roger in his laboratory, on January 24, 1892.

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Roger-Viollet | 914568 | The five Roger-Viollet sisters in the lounge (in the middle, Hélène Roger-Viollet). Paris, May 1911. | © Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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The five Roger-Viollet sisters in the lounge (in the middle, Hélène Roger-Viollet). Paris, May 1911.

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Roger-Viollet | 274315 | Photographic effect. Henri Roger and his 6 children. First from the left is Hélène Roger-Viollet at 17 years old, future founder of the Roger-Viollet agency. Henri Roger is wearing a uniform. Chatou, on June 30, 1918. | © Henri Roger / Roger-Viollet
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Photographic effect. Henri Roger and his 6 children. First from the left is Hélène Roger-Viollet at 17 years old, future founder of the Roger-Viollet agency. Henri Roger is wearing a uniform. Chatou, on June 30, 1918.

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Roger-Viollet | 987787 | Paid holidays. Couple going to the holidays on foot. France, 1936. | © Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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Paid holidays. Couple going to the holidays on foot. France, 1936.

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Roger-Viollet | 417088 | Talbot in front of the Press agency Roger-Viollet, 6, Seine street. Paris, june 1947. | © Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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Talbot in front of the Press agency Roger-Viollet, 6, Seine street. Paris, june 1947.

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Roger-Viollet | 486562 | Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Anarchists occupying a convent later turned into a canteen (Hélène Roger-Viollet among them). On the left, a man is hiding a notice  State property . Seo de Urgel (Catalonia), July 1936. | © Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Anarchists occupying a convent later turned into a canteen (Hélène Roger-Viollet among them). On the left, a man is hiding a notice "State property". Seo de Urgel (Catalonia), July 1936.

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Roger-Viollet | 765435 | Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985), French photographer, with two soldiers from the Fidel Castro's liberation army. Havana (Cuba), March 1959. | © Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985), French photographer, with two soldiers from the Fidel Castro's liberation army. Havana (Cuba), March 1959.

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Roger-Viollet | 658674 | Jean-Victor Fischer (1904-1985), German-born French photographer, with two soldiers from the Fidel Castro's liberation army. Havana (Cuba), March 1959. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985). | © Hélène Roger-Viollet / Roger-Viollet
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Jean-Victor Fischer (1904-1985), German-born French photographer, with two soldiers from the Fidel Castro's liberation army. Havana (Cuba), March 1959. Photograph by Hélène Roger-Viollet (1901-1985).

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