The Musée de la Photographie in the French Community of Charleroi is one of Europe’s largest photography museums. Its holdings include more than 80,000 photographs and some three million negatives.

The three hundred images in this volume provide the reader with a sweeping overview of the history of photography, from 1840 to the present day. All were taken from the museum’s unique holdings, and were carefully selected based on their representativeness, but also for their technical qualities and their aesthetic or historical value. From Louis Ghémar to Bettina Rheims, as well as masterful works by anonymous photographers, the works include portraits, landscapes, art photographs, documentary images and photojournalism the incredible diversity of the art of making photographic images is on display in this veritable guidebook to the history of photography.
This volume, which is the Musée de la Photographie’s first major publication, also traces the history of the museum, from its beginnings in 1975 to the world-class institution that it is today.

Xavier Canonne. Director, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi
Marc Vausort. Curator, Musée de la Photographie, Charleroi
Georges Vercheval. Honorary Director and Founder of the Musée de la Photographie