Daily Dose Pick: The Obscene Image

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L’image Obscene (The Obscene Image) examines a tradition dating back to the Middle Ages, in which European medical interns use their surroundings as canvases for vivid and bawdy illustrations.

Whether decorated with crude drawings or elaborate murals, the walls of Parisian hospital break rooms are the subject of this new book by Marie L. Bouchon, with images by photographer Gilles Tondini. Featuring French text and English translations, it reveals an ephemeral practice that also provides a window into the contemporary work culture of French hospitals.

Read more about The Obscene Image, visit photographer Gilles Tondini’s website, and buy a copy of the book.

Click through below for more images from The Obscene Image: Parisian Hospital Break Room Graffiti.

Saint-Vincent-de-Paul

Saint-Antoine

Saint-Antoine

Armand-Trousseau

Robert-Debré

Robert-Debré

Robert-Debré

Bichat-Claude Bernard

Paul-Brousse

Paul-Brousse