I spent a fair amount of time yesterday trying to figure out how to secretly photograph microfilmed articles.
While I am sure there is a legal way to do it, I'm also equally sure it is unnecessarily long (probably taking a week or two), unnecessarily complicated (probably involving more than one party and various forms), and certainly unnecessarily expensive. Instead, I sit in the darkened room, whip out my cell phone on mute, and quickly snap a copy of the displayed image.
It looks something like this:
When I went on Monday, the microfilm room was totally empty, so I brought my good camera with me yesterday, since I can control the focus. Unfortunately, yesterday, everyone showed up. I just couldn't use it since it makes a noticeable "click" every time. Instead, I used my cell phone camera on mute.
Still many of the shots came out fine, and I only have to go back today to retake one of them. Here's one that turned out great of a book about the pogroms being advertised in connection with the murder trial.
I left the BnF early to do laundry one last time in Paris, then headed out across town to have dinner with a colleague and her family. Ali and I were both in Israel on the Fulbright from 1998-99, and so it was very nice to catch up.
They have a gorgeous apartment in the 7th, and they have a spectacular view at night:
Now I've been told by reliable sources that while a certain Parisian landmark is in the public domain, the nighttime light show is protected by copyright, so all I'll do is post a photo of the night sky from their apartment window.