About the work
In the winter of 1925-1926 large parts of Western Europe are ravaged by storms and floods. In Belgium the flood of the river Meuse causes much troubles and especially the region of LiŠge and Seraing have been hit hard. The Belgian army is mobilized to help evacuate the people.
About Germaine Van Parys
Germaine Van Parys (?ø 1893 to 1983) has realized her childhood dream by becoming a photojournalist. Throughout her whole life she was known to be the first female photographer in Belgium. With her creative craftsmanship, she photographed a ceremony in Brussels, captured the beauty of the beguinage in Bruges and made pictures of Josephine Baker. She also witnessed the arrival of Albert Einstein in Belgium and captured magnificent shots during her travels to Congo. Germaine played an important role as the official photographer of the Belgian Royal family. All these photographic opportunities helped her in developing her talent. She had her very own way of capturing the topic of the day. Her photographs can best be described as a visual chronicle of journalistic dreams, sadness and joy. Her photographs can be seen as mysterious and powerful, and just as real and surprising as the personality of Germaine Van Parys herself.