An exhibition of photographs at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris bears witness to the 1980s in the town of Carros, near Nice

About a hundred photographs of Carros, a town in the Alpes-Maritimes, from 1983 are being exhibited for the first time in a Paris museum. Testimony of a visual sociology project by six photographers. They paint an intimate portrait of the city and its inhabitants.

Monochrome shots, youthful faces captured from life, a woman with a shy smile. These photos immortalize the 1980s, more precisely the month of April 1983 in the town of Carros in the Alpes-Maritimes. Work carried out as part of a project at the time called “sociophotography” led by Marc Netter and Maisons Phénix. The aim was to reflect on the lifestyle of the inhabitants of this new city, which was founded in 1962.

Six invited photographers cruised the streets of the city and collected more than 450 photos. “The idea was to meet the inhabitants, first in the streets and then in their homes, to question them, to see how they live., explains Sébastien Quenet, curator of the exhibition. The result: raw photos, without filters, close to photojournalism.

These photographs are being exhibited for the first time at the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris. They come from Marco Netter’s donations for the facility in 2023. During the exhibition, the visitor discovers the testimonies of the residents of the time collected. “We feel a certain nostalgia”the visitor is moved.

Entrance to Maison pour tous, rue des Oliviers, near Town Hall, Carros, April 1983. Gelatin silver print.  (DECORATION ARTS / JEAN DIEUZAIDE)Nazeha also remembers the time when she lived in one of these apartments. In one of the photographs, he appears at the age of only fifteen. “We were all children of immigrants. It was kind of a backwoods town, so we were a bunch of all colors.”he explains on the France 3 Côte d’Azur microphone.

Carros’ legacy will not be lost. A new photo project is planned for 2025. The opportunity to immortalize the new faces of this very special southern city.

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