Dr John Perivolaris
Notes, Thoughts, and Observations
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In his book The Other Paris (2015), Luc Sante informs us that to go to the guillotine was colloquially known as 'to get oneself photographed', and that 'the executioner's aide who positioned the victim's head in the lunette was called 'the photographer'. After reading this, the term snapshot takes on an entirely new meaning. The reason why so many snapshots chop people's heads off is also explained.