Sonia voss

Edited book
of the exhibition

A book is published by Éditions Xavier Barral on the occasion of the exhibition, texts by Jean-Christophe Bailly and Sonia Voss.




Communication manager for the Museum of Hunting and Nature
Ugo Deslandes
Phone. 01 53 01 92 40

Alambret Communication
Angelique Guillemain
Leila Neirijnck
Tel. 01 48 87 70 77

A hunter in his early years, then lawyer, politician, naturalist and photographer, George Shiras abandoned the rifle for the camera in the 1880s and committed to the preservation of the animal world.

A pioneer of wild life photography, Shiras was also the first to reveal the nightlife of wild animals through his flash photographs, then to set up camera traps, obtaining unprecedented images of the many animals inhabiting the forests of North America. Diverting techniques specific to hunting, his unique practice is part of an era marked by the development of an environmentalist conscience.
Hailed in his time for the scientific and aesthetic value of his photographs, as well as for his numerous illustrated reports, George Shiras nevertheless remained largely unknown to the public after his death in 1942. The exhibition is an opportunity to discover this author thanks to around fifty prints from the collections of the National Geographic Society and the DeVos Art Museum in Marquette.

George Shiras (1859-1942) is an American photographer.

Useful information

62, rue des Archives 75003 Paris
The museum is open every day except Monday and public holidays,
11 a.m. to 18 p.m., 11 a.m. to 21:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Full price: 8 euros
Reduced price: 6 euros

This exhibition is organized in cooperation with National Geographic Creative.