The Centre Pompidou is renowned for its vast modern and contemporary art collection. 

But it is also home to an impressive archive of photographs representing the work of renowned photographers worldwide. 

This article will introduce the Centre Pompidou photos collection and explore the diversity of works on display.

The Knife

The knife is a  powerful photograph Miguel Rio Branco took in the early 1990s.

Which was part of the Centre Pompidou photos exhibition in Paris, “The Artist and the Photograph.”

The image is a close-up of a kitchen knife on a bloody floor, focusing solely on the knife and its symbolic meaning of violence. 

Using lighting, composition and framing, the photographer created a visually arresting and thought-provoking image.

The photo serves as a reminder of the impact that photography can have.

Anne and Kennedy Friede

Anne and Kennedy Friede is a portrait of the two children of the artist Man Ray.

The photo was taken at  Man Ray’s home in Paris in 1947.  The photograph is unique in its composition and subject matter. 

The two children are placed in the center of the frame, with a bright light radiating behind them. 

This creates a dream-like atmosphere that captures the innocence of childhood. 

The black and white tones further emphasize the ethereal quality of the image.

Genre scene in Montparnasse

“Genre scene in Montparnasse” is a  gelatin silver print taken by French artist Emile Savitry in 1939; it is now part of the Centre Pompidou collection. 

The photograph depicts two men standing before a coiffeur dame, one flipping through a drawing while the other looks on. 

Savitry’s eye for detail captures the people’s movement and the buildings’ architecture, making it an essential document of French life during the 1930s. 

His photographic skill has earned him a place among the most renowned photographers of the period, and the Centre Pompidou holds his work in high regard.

Travel to Indochina

“Travel to Indochina” is a  Gelatin silver negative on a flexible support photograph taken by French photographer and filmmaker Eli Lotar.

In this Centre Pompidou photos collection, you can witness a group of women wearing hats, carrying purses, and dressed in suits.

This image is part of a more extensive collection of works created by Lotar during his travels to Indochina, in which he documented the everyday life of the people.

His pictures of the Centre Pompidou are also renowned for their distinctive perspective and arrangement.

Lee Miller

Lee Miller
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Lee Miller is a famous gelatin silver print photo of the artist Lee Miller by Man Ray. 

Shot sometime between 1929 and 1932

Photo is a close-up of a woman’s face, her eyes looking directly into the camera. 

The woman is Lee Miller, Man Ray’s muse and lover, and the image is a classic example of his unique style of photography. 

Man Ray was a master of the photographic medium, and this image perfectly captures Miller’s beauty while also playing with the idea of the gaze. 

Miller’s gaze is direct, but it is also slightly unnerving. Man Ray often used his camera to create tension between the viewer and the subject; this image is no exception.


“Untitled” is a  photograph by Georges Rousse, taken in 1982. 

It depicts a heap of coal with three white shapes resembling dinosaur figures painted on it. 

The coal and the shapes stark contrast against the backdrop of a seemingly abandoned industrial space. 

The photo reflects Rousse’s fascination with geometry and the hidden beauty of everyday objects.

Gigi Urvater, Knokke-Le-Zoute

“Gigi Urvater, Knokke-Le-Zoute”  is a Gelatin silver negative photograph Man Ray took in 1957.

This image composition is simple and minimalistic, with a woman with a short hairstyle wearing a Kurti and scarf as the sole subject. 

The photo showcases Man Ray’s proficiency in photography and his ability to display the beauty of people. 

His use of light and darkness generates a mysterious and airy atmosphere while focusing on a single figure gives the photograph a feeling of loneliness and wistfulness.

Rose Wheeler

“Rose Wheeler” is a photograph taken by Man Ray in 1929. 

The photograph is a gelatin silver print of a woman, shot from the side, with her face turned away from the camera. 

The subject’s features are blurred and abstracted, creating an ethereal, dreamlike quality.  

The photograph has become an iconic representation of Man Ray’s photography style.

The Peacock

“The peacock” is a photo taken by the French photographer Marc Riboud in 1956. 

It is a gelatin silver print and is considered one of the most iconic photographs of its time. 

The photo features two women dressed in traditional Jaipur style, with a peacock standing between them. 

The photo was taken in Jaipur, India, and has been widely celebrated in art. 

Side of the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris

“Side of the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris” is a photograph taken by the renowned Surrealist artist Man Ray in 1959. 

This photograph has been exhibited at the Centre Pompidou as part of the Man Ray Photography exhibition.

As part of the Man Ray Photography, the Side of the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris is a Gelatin silver negative on a flexible support, a traditional black and white photograph. 

This photograph shows the Side of the Saint-Sulpice church in Paris, a stunning example of French architecture. 

The image has a dream-like quality and is filled with a sense of mystery. It is a reminder of the power of photography to capture moments and feelings that are often fleeting.

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