Presentation

A series of photographs by Gustave Roud has ethnographic value in terms of the Vaud countryside between 1930 and 1960. These subjects were also covered in the illustrated press. Traveling the country, the writer/photographer captures the movements of the traditional trades of the land: working the land, planting, harvest, crop gathering, wood chopping. Alongside the work in the fields, he also captured festive moments: horse competitions, military parades, or wrestling. Without sacrificing his aesthetic and technical standards, Gustave Roud adopted a more documentary vision of a way of life with a tendency to disappear.