Les Tatouages du "Milieu"

Collection Jacques DELARUE
From 2016-11-03 to 2016-11-26

From its prehistoric origins the tattoo has spanned time and social strata reappearing today among those defined as the "new primitives".
A known status symbol amid criminal circles, the prison tattoo in France between 1920 and 1940 became the object of a photographic study commissioned by Edmond Locard, founder of the first scientific police research laboratory in Lyon.
The photographer Grangeversannes documented the inscriptions the inmates proudly displayed, a coded language allowing members of the same "tribes" to recognize each other, thus contributing to the elaboration of psychological profiles.
Compiled in 1950 by inspector Jacques Delarue and editor Robert Giraud in "Les Tatouages du Milieu", these photographs, which Robert Doisneau reinterpreted, are presented as documents alongside drawings of tattoos the inspector scrupulously reproduced and deciphered.
Galerie Frédéric Moisan will present a selection of forty gelatin silver prints from the Delarue collection as well as the original drawings from the publication.

Christophe Lunn