UNE HISTOIRE is a project consisting of photographs, photomontages, drawings and a wooden sculpture. A photograph of a worker’s house near a pulp mill in Trois-Rivières became the focus of the series. In an attempt to understand the architecture of that house, and how industrialization was being reflected in the architecture of Québec, Charney went to visit the house in 1974, only to find it had already been torn down. Charney photographed its surroundings and tried to reproduce its likeness in drawings. Unsatisfied with the results, he built a wooden sculpture (UNE HISTOIRE…Le trésor de Trois-Rivières, 1975), a replica of the house, in an attempt to fully “know” and understand the structure.
Material in this series was likely kept in it's original order when it was first processed upon it's arrival at CCA.
Language of material
English, French, German
Related units of description
For material related the press coverage and the promotion of this project can also be found under the series AP041.S5.D1 Press coverage, as well as some photographs under AP041.S6.D2 Photographic materials.
Title: Photographs of the installation, Une histoire
Dates of creation: 1977
Catalogued items within this file 1
Melvin Charney (archive creator)
Photographs of the installation, photographs mounted on a rigid cardboard related to "Une histoire... scénarisation". Each is numbered in order, 1A to 10A and 1B to 10B. Also includes a plan on how to mount on the cardboard.
Quantity / Object type:
Extent and Medium:
22 photographic materials
sheet (smallest): 20 x 25.5 cm
sheet (largest): 40 x 27 cm
Melvin Charney fonds
Collection Centre Canadien d'Architecture/
Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montréal;
Don de Melvin Charney/
Gift of Melvin Charney