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POEME - The Nicéphore Niépce Museum presents its collection

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POEME is a digital installation that invents new ways to browse through image banks, an immersive environment in which to explore photography collections.

After three years of research and the combined knowledge and skills of the Musée Nicéphore Niépce, the agency on-situ, Nicéphore Cité and the labs at the CNAM and the IGN, POEME provides viewers with an original way to browse through vast image banks.

At this year’s Paris Photo, POEME will enable visitors to browse through over 200 000 images from the collections of the Musée Nicéphore Niépce.

The language of images is universal but searching through an image bank remains a job for an expert.

While POEME does provide in-depth access for professionals using metadata, it also caters to the novice browser. This interactive installation with its immersive operating system, broadens search capacities in other, more specific directions, through visual similarity or example.

This, the first official presentation of POEME, is a chance to celebrate the bicentenary of Nicéphore Niépce’s first photography trials. Far from the official commemorations, it provides us with an opportunity to appreciate how far photography has come since its origins. The issue at stake is no longer that of taking a photograph, even less that of printing, but how to manage and promote huge archives while taking into account knowledge and intellectual property.

This research was funded by the Agence Nationale pour la Recherche as part of the “CONTINT” (content and interaction) programme at the Ministère de la Recherche.

© on-situ Musée Nicéphore Niépce
© on-situ Musée Nicéphore Niépce
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