Photo album - Musée de la Grande Guerre

This album, one of the many in the Museum’s collections, is that of Dr Collignon, a military physician. The study of the photographs and some of the accompanying legends leaves no doubt as to the identity and work of the person who compiled the images. This succession of photographic prints in various formats is presented in chronological order, from 1914 to 1919.

It reflects the everyday life of a young military doctor. The same page might include pictures of very different natures: portraits, scenes of relaxation, “professional” shots from operating theatres, photographs of equipment and weapons. Some pictures recall the terrible realities of the war, including soldiers’ funerals and the evacuation of the wounded by ambulance.

This autobiographical album sheds light on medicine on the front and on early 20th century photography.

Photo album, first quarter of the 20th century, gelatine/silver bromide print fixed to card, card, H. 25 x W. 33.5 cm. Inventory no.: 2006.1.13734.0