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Charles Marville 
Suresnes Bridge, Bois de Boulogne 
Albumen silver print, from glass negative 
25 x 35.5 cm (9 13/16 x 14 ins) 
Musée Carnavalet 
Curatorial description
Marville often asked people—either an assistant or, here, probably an employee of the park—to pose in his photographs. These figures frequently were intended to illustrate the park’s attractions, but in this photograph the solitary man gazing off into the distance injects a somber note conveying inertia and isolation. The bridge in the background connected the elegant Bois de Boulogne to Suresnes, a rapidly industrializing working-class town located just outside the city limits. 

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