Emile Guiton (1879-1972)

012856 – Emile Guiton: Departure of German Prisoners of War from Albert Pier, St Helier Harbour at end of the First World War (1914-1918)

Emile Guiton was born in Jersey in 1879.  He was a very active member of the Société Jersiaise – curator of the Museum, on the Executive Committee, joint honorary secretary, and editor of the Annual Bulletin. Guiton was a keen amateur photographer and practised throughout his long life.  He experimented with colour at the beginning of the twentieth century in “Autochromes”.  His subjects include the recording of archaeological excavations, and he was one of the few people in Jersey permitted to take photographs during the German Occupation of 1940 – 1945. Emile Guiton recognised the importance of collecting photographsvery early on, both as a valuable social historic resource and as interesting artefacts – examples of developments in science and technology.  He donated many images to the Société Jersiaise.  He died in 1972.