Tomas van Houtryve —”Notre-Dame: La Renaissance d’une Icon”

From: March 23, 2024 @ 12:00 CET
Parvis de Notre-Dame, Paris, France
Notre-Dame - Île Saint-Louis, Paris, France
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The installation "Notre-Dame: La Renaissance d'une Icone" is seen in front of Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris on April 13, 2023. Photo by Tomas van Houtryve/VII

VII Photo contributing photographer Tomas van Houtryve‘s exhibition Notre-Dame: La Renaissance d’une Icon is on view at Parvis de Notre-Dame in Paris, France, from spring 2023 to summer 2024. This solo exhibition, located on the square in front of Notre Dame cathedral, features 21 large-scale photographs detailing the cathedral’s recovery and restoration following the April 2019 fire.

The exhibition comprises two sections: “The Cathedral After the Fire,” which presents color photographs of the restoration efforts, and “Echoes of the Past,” where black-and-white images taken with a large format camera using the wet-plate collodion process show workers and artisans involved in the cathedral’s rebuild, echoing its mid-19th-century restoration by architect Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc.

Produced in partnership with National Geographic and the public establishment overseeing Notre Dame’s restoration, the exhibition includes educational graphics by Fernando Gomez Baptista. It has been covered by CNN, featured in National Geographic’s February 2022 cover story, where many of the photos were first published, and was part of King Charles III’s official visit to Paris in September 2023.

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Notre-Dame: La Renaissance d’une Icon has been featured as a National Geographic cover story and on CNN.


Tomas van Houtryve is a photographer, conceptual artist, and author whose major works interweave investigative journalism, philosophy, and metaphor. Van Houtryve makes images using a wide range of processes, ranging from 19th-century wet plate collodion to Augmented Reality.