Labour History Review

Visualizing Labour: Photographing the Factory Gates in May 1968

Labour History Review (2019), 84, (2), 175–201.

Abstract

This article examines the photographic depiction of factory gates during the strikes of May and June 1968 in France. These photographs form a distinctive subset of images of May 1968, offering a key visualization of the labour dispute and its relation to the broader political movement. Using research on images from newspapers, photojournalists collections and archival sources, it seeks to explore a facet of the visualization of 1968 often neglected in representations focused on street protest and university occupations in Paris, and situate these photographs in a broader historical context of images of the factory.

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Partridge, Benjamin