Etienne-Jules Marey

Musée Carnavelet

I haven’t begun to exhaust all the 19th-century shows that were worth looking at. Two exhibitions of scientific photographs—the Carnavalet’s of Etienne-Jules Marey pictures never seen before, and an exhibition of physiognomical photographs—were both “worth the trip,” as the Michelin guide would say. As you progressed into the 20th century, the gallery spaces and installations were sometimes better, but the shows themselves frequently weren’t.

Colin Westerbeck