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                        The Gisèle Freund Photographs of James Joyce

Display Case 4: Paris in the 1930s


"this has to be combination of wonderful pix of Paris combined with wonderful pix of Joyce and as he was obsessed by rivers, the Seine plays an important role, even mentioned in Finnegan’s Wake. etc."

– Gisèle Freund to her agent


Freund managed to bring Joyce back to Paris after all: She included quotations from his work next to her photographs, carefully selecting his lines to match the mood of her work. 

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Twilight on the quai

Twilight on the Quai

"Take hands together, my dear children, and you will be happy together and your hearts will love each other..." 

Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man


Gisèle’s camera of choice, her trusty Leica, allowed her to shoot 36 continuous frames per roll of film. This gave her a mobility that would allow her to stalk the streets of Paris and capture images at a moment’s notice. We see the “Golden Age” of 1930s Paris in these photographs, from the paving of streets to fashionable women walking down the Champs-Èlysées.



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