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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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Hélène Mary press officer with the museum since 2004. Favorite work of art: Les Raboteurs de parquet by Gustave Caillebotte : « I did a training course there in 2000 in the communications department as part of my art history studies. After that I did all the little odd jobs a student does that were part of my studies at the museum, in particular as a guard. Working full time at the museum very quickly became an ambition of mine. I was lucky enough to a first job of casual work in the communications department, and now I am a press officer. »