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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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Hervé Pierrottet printer with the museum since 1986. Favorite work of art: Paul Gauguin’s Tahitian period : « I took a competitive test to become an offset press operator within the Ministère de la Culture and came to the museum to print business cards, invitation cards, counter cards and leaflets introducing exhibitions, etc. For example we can print up to 30,000 leaflets a day. All told it takes six days to cut, fold and package these leaflets, which are then distributed to visitors. For the Cézanne and Pissarroexhibition, we published 190,000 leaflets in French, English and Spanish. »