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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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Philippe Kocher offset press operator with the museum since 1986. Favorite place: the museum’s main hall. « I work in the museum’s printing press two floors down in the basement. We print leaflets, posters and press kits presenting the exhibitions. I mostly do the trimming, folding and packaging. It’s a job that lets me feel free. »