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Vintage photos of Paris in the 1890s by Emile Zola

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It looks like Emile Zola knew how to hold in his hands, not only a pen but also a camera. Also, we hope that all Oldpics visitors know that Emile Zola was a genius writer. Now, let’s take a look at his vintage photos of Paris and decide if he was a tolerable photographer.

Emile Zola took most of these photographs in Paris at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. He tried himself as a cameraman shortly after the 1899 World Exhibition was over. The one that brought the Eiffel Tower to Paris.

And yes, we know that Emile Zola, together with Alexandre Dumas, Guy de Maupassant, and other respected artists, signed a letter against its construction. He called on the Parisians “in the name of taste, in the name of French art, which is in danger, to protest against the construction in the heart of our capital the useless and ugly Eiffel Tower.” Nevertheless, the tower constantly appears in his photographs. Apparently, we have before us a classic case of “endure – amour.”

Emile Zola was in love with Paris

After returning home from exile in England, Zola again fell in love with Paris in all its manifestations. We remind you that he was in exile to avoid arrest after his scandalous letter “J’accuse …!” So Emile Zola focused his lens on random passers-by, his young wife, and two daughters, after all, on himself.

Emile Zola didn’t practice the pictorial photography genre as Leonard Misonne. He neither published his photos in the magazine of Alfred Stieglitz, who was constantly looking for the new photo talents during that historical period. Nonetheless, take a look at the selection of 25 excellent shots.

Read more: 100 most important pictures in history

 

World Fairy of 1899

World Fairy of 1899

The stairs to the Sacre-Coeur

The stairs to the Sacre-Coeur

The river Seine

The river Seine

The mud on the streets of Paris

The mud on the streets of Paris

That's how Eiffel Tower was highlighted in the new 1900 year

That’s how Eiffel Tower was highlighted in the new 1900 year

Paris images by Emile Zola

One of the Train Station in Paris, 1890s

One of the Train Station in Paris, the 1890s

Paris photos by Emile Zola

Paris pictures by Emile Zola

 

Pedestrian bridge in Paris

Pedestrian bridge in Paris

Emile Zola's wife

Zola’s wife

Emile Zola with family

Emile Zola with family

Emile Zola with his dog

The writer’s dog

Emile Zola photography

Emile Zola didn't like the idea of the Eifel Tower construction. Although, he took a lot of its photos

Zola didn’t like the idea of the Eiffel Tower construction. Although he took a lot of its photos

Emile Zola and his wife

Writer and his wife

Autumn in Paris

Autumn in Paris

Another photo of Paris by Emile Zola

Another photo of Paris by French novelist

Amazing view from the Eiffel Tower

Amazing view from the Eiffel Tower

A short rest during a bike trip

A short rest during a bike trip

A ship in the waters of Sienne

A ship in the waters of Sienne

A selfie by Emile Zola

A selfie by Zola

A famous Paris 1890s attraction

A famous Paris 1890s attraction

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