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The whole story here.
Commercial Appeal article here.
Mention in Rochester Review here.
Abstract: This article uncovers the visual narratives embedded within the photography of the 1910 Paris flood. Images offered Parisians multiple ways to understand and construe the significance of the flood and provided interpretive frameworks to decide the meaning of this event. Investigating three interlocking narratives of ruin, beauty, and fraternité, the article shows how photographs of Paris under water allowed residents to make sense of the destruction but also to imagine the city’s reconstruction. The article concludes with a discussion of the role of visual culture in recovering from urban disasters.
Here is an article from the English-language desk of France 24 which quotes me on the history of the 1910 flood and the possibilities for another event like it today.
Here are some photos of the current high water from Liberation.
Paris Under Water in a beautiful window display at Galignani in Paris. Galignani is the oldest English bookstore on the European continent, and a wonderful place to shop. I always try to stop by when I'm in town.