Charles Marville and the Landscapes of the Carrières d'Amérique
Charles Marville’s photographs of Paris preserve the look of streets slated for demolition under Georges-Eugène Haussmann. This article examines his photographs of the Carrières d’Amérique, or America Quarries–gypsum quarries in the outlying Parisian neighbourhood of Belleville. At a time when the rezoning of districts that were formerly extra muros was still controversial, Belleville was seen as a crime-ridden area. Marville’s photographs become documents that refute contemporary narratives of criminality. Borrowing Walter Benjamin’s view that the city ‘opens up’ to the flâneur ‘as a landscape’, the article analyses Marville’s landscapes of the Carrières d’Amérique as images that juxtapose the city, the work site, and the no-man’s land or terrains vagues at Paris’s outer limits.
This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in 'History of Photography' on 2019-07-03, available online: https://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/03087298.2019.1726100.
|Work Title||Charles Marville and the Landscapes of the Carrières d'Amérique|
|License||In Copyright (Rights Reserved)|
|Publication Date||July 3, 2019|
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|Deposited||January 13, 2022|
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