If we, today, have perfect images of this event rather than blurred newspaper clips, we owe this to the eye of one woman. Denise Bellon has grasped this unique moment in time when post-war was becoming pre-war; each of her photographs shows a past, yet deciphers a future.
Remembrance of Things to Come (2003) Yannick Bellon & Chris Marker
Leaping back and forth in time, from family portraits of photojournalist Denise Bellon (1902-1999) and her two daughters, to her unique photographic record of pre-war Paris - the first surrealist exhibition, the 1937 Paris World’s Fair, the birth of the Cinémathèque Française, and the Popular Front - to images from France’s African colonies, the Spanish Civil War, the Second World War and the German Occupation, the images in this remarkable “cine-essay” are complemented by Chris Marker’s singular commentary, a complex rumination on the interrelations between photography, memory, thought and history. - from back cover