Like most museums, the Musée de l’Elysée has in its collection a certain number of works labeled “anonymous”. Little or nothing is known about the creators of these photographs. It is sometimes possible to catch a brief glimpse of the identity of these unknown photographers by means of the subject the photographic technique or the medium. Research by archivists, historians and curators occasionally sheds light on the mystery and connects a photograph with a photographer’s name. And sometimes, the term “anonymous” is a shorthand used in the necessarily unimaginative categorization of databases and encompasses collective and unsigned photographic practices. Anonymity is thus often linked to vernacular or amateur photography, a kind of photography that has until recently received little attention from institutions.
Anonymes is a joint project of the HEAD Film Department and the Musée de l’Elysée. Using photographs – often anonymous – from the collection of the Musée de l’Elysée, HEAD students tell us stories, giving free rein to the creativity and imagination that these images evoke.
A selection of these projects were screened at the Nuit des images 2015
By Ilikaa Bhandari & Valentin Merz.
By Laura Morales & Alberto Martín Menacho
By Alexander Larson & Julie Bellard
By Manon Runel & Vuk Vukmanovic
By Lucien Monot & Iris Petit
By Sarah Linder & Teddy Lukunku
By Noémie Guibal and Antoine Chapel