Lens to the Past: The Photographs of George Francois Mugnier
The prolific work of George François Mugnier (1856–1938) is one of the Louisiana State Museum’s most treasured photography collections. Produced primarily between 1880 and 1920, it offers a glimpse of New Orleans cityscapes, southeast Louisiana landscapes, and people at home and work.
Lens to the Past features Mugnier’s twentieth-century Kodak camera, backlit glass plate negatives, stereographic cards, vintage prints, and forty-three modern prints created from the original glass plate negatives. Don’t miss this opportunity to see the first exhibition focused on the Mugnier Collection in more than four decades located on the first floor of the Arsenal at the Cabildo.
Image: Esplanade Avenue wagon accident, George François Mugnier, ca.1920. Louisiana State Museum 09813.0020. This calamity took place at the corner of Esplanade and Rampart, at the edge of the French Quarter. Although increasingly replaced by motorized vehicles, mule-drawn wagons were in use in New Orleans into the 1950s, when the city’s garbage department finally switched to a motorized fleet. Poor drainage remains a familiar driving hazard for New Orleanians today.