Avedon’s FranceOld World, New Look

The deep relationship between
culture and photography

 

The BnF in Paris explores the unique relationship that photographer Richard Avedon built up with France, as the country was a huge inspiration for his work. The exhibition laid out in four stages, displays a selection of pieces chosen for the story they have to tell : that of the deep affection harboured for France by one of the greatest American photographers of the the 20th century.
Avedon never stopped infusing his photography with inspiration coming from different forms, such as written text, books, magazines, film and dance. His French career saw him developing huge collaborations, from those with Harper’s Bazaar and Egoïste, to the trip he did to work on the publication of the monograph of Jacques Henri Lartigue.
Every foray Avedon made into French culture prompted him to cast his work in a new light and to continue honing a hybrid approach to photography.

“[…] BEAUTY, NOT A HIERATIC FORM OF BEAUTY,BUT A REINVENTED BEAUTY,SO CLOSE THAT WE CAN ALMOST TOUCH IT.” – MICHEL JANNEAU, GENERAL SECRETARY OF
THE LOUIS ROEDER FOUNDATION