Joke de Wolf: Le Nouveau Paris – Charles Marville photographs the City Transformation
Rijksmuseum Studies in Photography, vol. 18
The name of Charles Marville is inextricably bound up with Le Vieux Paris, the medieval city with its twisting streets and alleyways that was demolished to make way for the straight, wide boulevards. But he was also asked to document the construction work on several occasions, e.g. the Bois de Boulogne, the restoration of Château de Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the construction of the Avenue de l'Opera. The author examines the context of these assignments, the series to which the photographs belong, the clients who commissioned them, and the way in which the images were presented.