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The retouched photos of Saint Therese of Lisieux

                       

The retouching task of Céline

Many old Catholic books are now being republished by contemporary publishers, and these retouched photos are still showing up in new books.  These retouched photos promulgated a largely false image of Therese – sentimental, roses, one-liners. Click on each of these 22 retouched photos to understand who the real Therese is.

Céline took all the photos except the first six, and retouched all these photos with a particular purpose. She knows that "the soul cannot be described ... that whatever gives, with life, as much as possible the true likeness of the soul on a face is what I always and only wanted to capture and reveal to others." (1950). Hence numerous retouchings with watercolor, pencil or charcoal, sometimes with photo montages.

In a general way, the Carmelite Father François de Ste-Marie comments that the impression of determination and power that emerges from the original photos of Therese is destroyed by retouching. Thérèse appears less in control; she becomes a little girl who wants to please, who wants to be kind. Her features no longer show the flash of intelligence that illuminates the original photos. The extraordinary clarity of her gaze disappears.

 
TH01
photo 1
TH02 
photo 2
TH03 
photo 3
TH04 
photo 4
TH05
photo 5

 
 
TH06
photo 6
TH09
photo 9
TH10
photo 10
TH11
photo 11
TH13
photo 13

 
 
 
TH14
photo 14
 
TH16
photo 16
TH18
photo 18
TH20
photo 20
TH26
photo 26
 
 
 
TH30
photo 30
TH37
photo 37
TH39
photo 39
TH43
photo 43
TH45
photo 45
 
      TH46
photo 46
   
 
 

Warning! these photos are under strict copyright.

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