The Palace of Versailles is asking visitors from round the world to illustrate a history of souvenir photography at Versailles. Start looking for your pictures!
The birth of a collection
For already three years, the Palace asks its visitors to share the pictures they took while at Versailles. Today, more than a thousand pictures have been collected from all around the world and a hundred have been curated to create a timeline going from 1900 to now. They show another story of Versailles, an intimate one in which numerous families created their own memories.
A panorama of photography during the 20th and 21th century
Several themes in the website offer a deeper analysis of this burgeoning collection and of the evolution of personal photography. Contributors are also invited to share the story of they pictures and through them the links they have with Versailles. The timeline will grow richer throughout the next monthes with new pictures, testimonies and archives.
Why share your souvenir pictures?
Since photography began, many photographers have wanted to show Versailles' many facets. Most have been passionate amateur visitor-photographers wanting to share their visit with friends and family.
Which pictures ?
We are seeking pictures showing visitors at Versailles. They can be alone, with family or friends, in the palace, gardens or park. Film pictures up to the early 2000s are the hardest to find, but they are also the most surprising: start rummaging through your family archives! The most recent pictures are the archives of tomorrow. Feel free to share them with us!