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:



Work Title Charles Marville and the Landscapes of the Carrières d'Amérique
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  1. Nancy Locke
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Work Type Article
  1. Informa UK Limited
Publication Date July 3, 2019
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  1. 10.1080/03087298.2019.1726100
  1. History of Photography
Deposited January 13, 2022




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