Luitré, near Fougères, 1896. Amédée Fleury is 18 years old. One Sunday after Vespers, during a bike ride, a passer-by calls out to him: You are not a photographer, you. A man, about to get married, is looking for someone to draw his portrait. It will be thus: from this fortuitous meeting will be born the passion of a whole life. For more than sixty years, from 1896 to 1958, Amédée Fleury traveled the roads of his country, by bicycle, motorbike and then by automobile, to immortalize the major stages in the life of his fellow citizens - communion, conscription, marriage, etc. - like the moments of work and celebration. The longevity of his career makes his images true witnesses of the development of rural society in the first half of the 20th century.e siècle.
Entered into the collections in 1992, the Amédée Fleury collection consists of nearly 6,000 negatives. It shows the daily life of the inhabitants of towns and villages in the northeast of Ille-et-Vilaine, over more than half a century.e.
Authors: Laurence Prodhomme and Fabienne Martin-Adam
14 x 16 cm - 116 inner pages in two colors