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Muses d'Orsay

Muses d’Orsay is my response to a commission from the Musée d’Orsay asking me to photograph the museum’s employees in their place of work. With the Musée d’Orsay housing the national collection of 19th century works, I suggested that each employee take his or her own photograph with a rubber bulb snap like in the old days. Each person had ten takes, in other words a roll of film. It was up to each to choose when and how they would be photographed. So they became artists for the time it took them to photograph themselves and thus assume responsibility for their own image.

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Jackie Thuin reception and surveillance officer with the museum since 1998. Favorite art work: Dans un café, also known as L’Absinthe by Edgar Degas : « Every morning before the doors open, we check out the galleries to make sure everything is all right. It’s a moment I love. I stand by myself and study the paintings. My job in itself isn’t extraordinary if not for the fact that I absolutely love painting. At first I worked at the Louvre as an auxiliary. I requested a full-time job, but in the end it was Orsay that hired me. And believe you me, I don’t regret it. I feel comfortable in this museum. I like it for itself. It is airy and doesn’t have small, cramped rooms. When you are in the main hall you breathe. There is space. »