Photographical Congress Arrives in Lyon

Photographers disembark near Lyon. French. Original title: Arrivée des congressistes à Neuville-sur-Saône

Like in their slightly older Workers Leaving the Factory, the subject of this one-minute Lumières short is a group of people leaving Point A (in the background), walking past us and heading toward point C (somewhere behind the camera). The difference between the films is the social makeup of the group—upper class photographers, not lower class labourers—and its reactions: a calm, more relaxed attitude in response to the presence of the camera, whether acknowledging it (with a tip of the hat) or walking by without taking notice. Unlike some of the workers, who scurried past as if afraid or shy, the photographers move with confidence.

Louis Lumière, 1895


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