In the university grounds we had to ask again for directions and found our way to the library.
Alas, all in French, obviously not expecting foreign visitors.
The exhibition seemed to involve local photographers over the years, 'raising a glance over time'.
These photographs were used, I gather, to document daily life over the years; folklore,
but also remarkable events and the images serve as a document for the times in this region.
Fishermen at port and 'the elderly & wise' gathering, 'hanging out' as we say these days.
Documenting religious events and social changes.
Archiving memories of Rennes.
This puzzled me somewhat, the name rang a bell. Fortunately we have Wikipedia these days!
Obviously Rennes must have played a role, otherwise the local photographers would not have recorded this event.
|The Dreyfus affair was a political scandal that divided France from its beginning in 1894 until it was finally resolved in 1906.
The affair is often seen as a modern and universal symbol of injustice; it remains one of the most striking examples of a complex miscarriage of justice, where a major role was played by the press and public opinion.
Dreyfuss was charged and convicted for communicating military secrets to the German Embassy in Paris. Head of counter espionage Georges Picquart continued his investigation and revealed Dreyfull to be innocent and naming someone else as the culprit. The military surpressed this and declared the other person innocent.
Dreyfuss' fate became known among the public, mainly by famed writer Émile Zola.
Having spent 5 years in jail, Dreyfuss was put yet again on trial, with trumped up charges; he was again convicted but given a pardon and set free.
Eventually all the accusations against Alfred Dreyfus were demonstrated to be baseless.
In 1906 Dreyfus was exonerated and reinstated as a major in the French Army. He served during the whole of World War I ending his service with the rank of lieutenant-colonel.
He died in 1935.
The Affair from 1894 to 1906 divided France deeply and lastingly into opposing camps.
For a more detailed account see Wikipedia.
We recovered in the University café, with coffee and
crêpes. Others, regulars no doubt, did the same.