War 1939-1945. The Liberation of Paris. Interior of the Grand Palais nave after the August fire, the result of combat. Paris, November 1944., © LAPI / Roger-Viollet, 1944-11, Original Source: Roger-Viollet website
This photograph depicts the inside of the Grand Palais, a very famous museum and historical site in Paris, France.
Within this photo is the beautiful lines of the Grand Palais that even from this point-of-view give the sense of depth with the glass structured ceiling. Also, take notice to the lack of color. Although color film was hard to get at the time, it adds to the image, the sense of it being from the past.
The foreground shows either military or police forces using this space as a staging area, and the background shows the possible beginning of reconstruction and clean-up.
Overall this photograph documents how the Grand Palais looked during a time of so much destruction and reminds those who see it today how things once were in a time not long ago.