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Centenaire 14-18. Archives of the Ardèche, 2015.

The Centenary of the First World War is a privileged moment of transmission of local history and family memory. During the commemorative cycle (2014-2019), this page permits rapid access to sources and documents.

Des poilus photographient la guerre. Archives of the Ain.

“Until the end of the nineteenth, photographic techniques were complex: the very long time required for posing did not allow taking photographs of scenes as they happened, the delicate manipulation of certain products required knowledge of chemistry, the instability of photosensitive emulsions required preparing them on the spot and developing the image immediately after taking the photograph. Everything changed in the 1860s-1870s, with the invention of simpler and less costly procedures, and lighter and easier to handle cameras, which allowed photography to spread.


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