is Paul's vocation...
Paul and Fernande buy a shop in the street named
the beginning, Paul is a photographer, thereafter he
becomes editor. Fernande gives lessons of drawing
and painting. She draws herself the humorous
postcards that Paul edits.
likes sincerely villagers ...
he enjoys photographing them. He makes series of
norman villagers and costumes, such as "La noce en
Pays d'Auge", "Coiffes et costumes anciens", "Au pays Normand"...
also loves photographing his children, his family.
Everyone poses for the postcards : his daughter Geneviève, his wife Fernande, his son Maurice, a
cousin Lucie, his mother Joséphine ...
war is declared and Paul must go on August 2, 1914
... when he comes back home on permission, he
teaches to Fernande how to take and develop
photographs. Thus postcards carry on their way in
spite of the absence ... But one day, Paul does not
return. He died on the Field of Honor on October 20,
1918 ... Then Fernande must sell everything, the
shop and all that goes with, cameras, postcards,
pencils, painting ... she does not keep anything.
left Vimoutiers in 1921 with her children, but
her daughter Geneviève never forgot her childhood in
years later ...
can still find rather easily vintage cards of Paul
Bunel, but on some of them, the name was removed and
replaced by that of the successive photographers who
bought the shop.
Paul Bunel's photographies remain testimony of the past nowadays.
Many of them illustrate
vimoutiers.net. They are
all the more precious since Vimoutiers
was bombed out in 1944.
great-grandaughter of Paul
and Fernande Bunel
~ June 2006 ~