L’Éclairage artificiel sur scène (1891-1914): Henri Mairet, la "Nouvelle Photographie" et la valorisation de la mise en scène

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Summer 2019

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Revue d’Histoire du Théâtre


This article seeks draw attention to the largely forgotten work of Henri Mairet (1850–1902), a pioneer of smokeless flash photography and an important figure for early nineteenth-century theatrical photography. By analyzing several long-form text-image collaborations published with journalist Adolphe Brisson in illustrated magazines of the 1890s, I argue that their documentation of the behind-the-scenes work performed by directors and set and costume designers reinforced the importance of mise-en-scene as an art form, thus bolstering the position of contemporary avant-garde directors André Antoine and Aurélien Lugné-Poe.


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