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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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Youssef Amara reception officer and security with the museum since 2001. Favorite work of art: Le Penseur by Auguste Rodin : « For me it’s important to greet visitors in the best possible conditions. They’ve got to be able to contemplate the art work in silence. We inform visitors of course, but it is also vital to enforce the rules. In temporary exhibitions, cameras of all sorts are also banned. Visitors often don’t understand and are surprised because there are no such bans for the permanent collections. So we have to explain that it is the owners of the works who do not want them filmed or photographed. »