From 1940-1944, Nazi forces occupied France in what has come to be known as the années noires (dark years).

During this period, photographer Paul-Émile Nerson openly documented the city of Lyon, photographing life under occupation and signs of the resistance. This effort was quite dangerous and even more so given that Nerson was Jewish.

These photos were discovered by Pierre Chevillot in the home of his Grandmother, Suzanne Perné, longtime companion of Nerson.

Included in the collection of B&W photos were several color images photographed on Agfacolor film. Nerson is believed to be only one of two French photographers who documented World War II in color.

More information about these photos can be found in the book : Les couleurs des années noires.

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