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Visual barometers of an era

An exhibition rescues photo comics from dustbin of history

By Estelle Emonet, Fiachra Gibbons  /  AFP, Marseille

The British tabloid The Sun still uses photo strips to illustrate its Dear Deidre problem page, which inevitably turns on sexual dilemmas or titillating situations.

And photo comics continue to be widely used for health education worldwide.

Putting the exhibition together, however, was not an easy task.

Curator Deschamps said she began her interest in the genre after finding a stack of the French magazine Nous Deux (“Us Two”) in a skip.

As she dug deeper into the subject she discovered that the originals of most of the massively selling magazines had also been confined to the dustbin of history, leaving researchers with little to go on.

Without chancing upon thousands of negatives of original photos in the archives of the Mondadori publishing house in Milan, she said they would not have been able to stage the show. The exhibition runs at Mucem, Marseilles, until April 23, 2018.

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