Photography Month : the highlights of 2017, april

Published on 16.03.2017
Photography highlights in Paris and the Greater Paris region; 31 communes will take part in this feast of photography in April.
© Eli Lotar
Épreuve gélatino-argentique, Eli Lotar, 1931 - Don de M. Jean-Pierre Marchand en 2009, collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, MNAM-CCI.

PHOTOGRAPHY MONTH - GRAND PARIS

The "Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris" (Photography Month) has changed both its format and its dates. 90 exhibitions across Greater Paris unbounded by rigid borders: from the East and Clichy-sous-Bois, a town that has come to symbolise the mental barriers that have grown up over the decades in addition to the physical barriers, to Poissy and Mantes-la-Jolie in the West, and Châtenay-Malabry and Clairefontaine-en- Yvelines in the South. A total of 31 communities, including central Paris, are involved in this photographic competition.

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PARIS

JEU DE PAUME: "ELI LOTAR (1905-1969)", Until 28 May

The exhibition shines a new light on the role of this crucial figure of avant-garde photography, from the "Nouvelle Vision" to documentary film via urban, industrial and maritime landscapes. His portraits reveal his interest in having models adopt various poses for the camera, and demonstrate his close ties to many of the leading artists of his day.

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LE BAL : "MAGNUM ANALOG RECOVERY", 28 April to 20 August

LE BAL presents a journey through the treasures of the cooperative, including period prints, book artwork and publications between the creation of Magnum Photos in 1947 and 1977. 20th century icons rub shoulders with images never before exhibited to create a dialogue with the words of photographers speaking about the definition, challenges and contradictions of their work in the early days of the world's greatest photography collective. The exhibition offers a highly subjective view of Magnum that is far from the self- proclaimed myth, more ambiguous, more complex, more contradictory and more liberated.

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MAISON EUROPÉENNE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE : ORLAN IN CAPITALS, 20 April to 18 June

ORLAN knows no boundaries. She always writes her name in capitals, because she does not want to be restricted to rows or lines. ORLAN and her work have conquered the capitals of the world and art, from Paris to New York. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie (centre for contemporary photographic art) is delighted to present the important "ORLAN in capitals" exhibition during the Mois de la Photo du Grand Paris. Curator Jérôme Neutres has brought together more than a hundred photographs, installations and films, and has chosen to use iconic works through which to understand the world of ORLAN.

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MUSÉE NISSIM DE CAMONDO : "FROM RESIDENCE TO MUSEUM. PHOTOGRAPH OF THE PRIVATE MANSION", Until 11 June 2017

This photographic exhibition is hosted in the private mansion where a passionate collector - Count Moïse de Camondo (1860-1935) - amassed French 18th century furniture, paintings, carpets, tapestries, porcelain and gold objects of exceptional quality. The Museum was opened on 21 December 1936, a little more than a year after the death of its legatee Count Moïse de Camondo.

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GREATER PARIS

MAC VAL : EVERYONE IS MIXED BLOOD", 22 April to 3 September

This exhibition is rooted in contemporary life to address the question of cultural identity through the visions and experiences of artists: What binds us together? How is a common culture created out of very different and diverse backgrounds? Work by around sixty artists attempt to answer these questions on the basis of real-life situations in a spirit of discussion. If cultural identity is a fiction, this exhibition is about seeing how artists interpret it, question it and deconstruct it...

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