Jean Rouch, the photograms




This exhibition presents the photograms of Jean Rouch's films taken from the 16mm films rolls he loved to work with. There are no doubt few such images considering his filmography of around 180 films which include his finished films and also half of his films which remained unfinished.

"We identified a few motifs that seem to us to underpin all his work which is so varied and surprising. One example would be those gestures of work which reveal the attention he paid to tangible elements and everyday life. Or these expressions of femininity which discreetly punctuate this work and convey something related to desire, something hidden. Or these elements of modernity that Jean Rouch discovers with astonishment and participates in. Or these looks, laughter and scopic impulses which underline the strongly reflexive dimension of the whole project along with the enthusiasm and taking joy from action. Or these doubles & inversions, those signs, in an attempt to make visible that which mysteriously and continuously accompanies the multiple aspects of existence. Finally, the fundamentals of this essential cinema made on a "shoestring budget" with a rare economy of resources and fruitfulness - movements, lights". [Neian RYU & Andrea PAGANINI]

Triptych panels: 18 image panels + 2 text panels:
Gestures of work
Scopic impulses
Doubles & inversions

CNRS Institute(s)


Digital version

Regional office(s)

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Editorial and graphic design and production

Fondation Jean Rouch, CNC Direction du patrimoine (Bois d'Arcy), CNRS

Exhibition panels description

20 flexible and transparent polyester panels - 120 x 70 cm - 12 kg (in 80cm high cardboard tubes)
1 separate sheet to be printed with 2 double-sided presentation pages and 18 photo panels

Description of digital format

Files with the 18 panels to print

Booking information

The loan is free of charge for a free presentation to your public, after signing a loan agreement.
The exhibitions can be complemented by a selection of films recommended by our scientific mediation officer.

Conditions for the loan of panels

Loan in the Paris area only: the transport/shipping costs for the sets of panels are to be paid by the borrower.

Loan conditions in digital format

We rent you the digital files for a single printing. Printing costs for a digital version are at the expenses of the borrower.

Scientific topics

CNRS Images,

Our work is guided by the way scientists question the world around them and we translate their research into images to help people to understand the world better and to awaken their curiosity and wonderment.