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Current Exhibitions

Ferhat Bouda - Tamurt
Regards affichés (FRANCE)
From 2017-07-10 to 2017-11-04


Israel Ariño - La pesanteur du lieu
Galerie VU (FRANCE)
From 2017-09-15 to 2017-10-21


Nolwenn Brod - La ritournelle
Galerie VU (FRANCE)
From 2017-09-15 to 2017-10-21


Guy Tillim - Museum of the Revolution
Stevenson Gallery (SOUTH AFRICA)
From 2017-10-12 to 2017-11-25


Françoise Huguier - Couleurs Pays
Le Quadrilatère (festival photographique les Photaumnales) (FRANCE)
From 2017-10-14 to 2017-12-31


Next exhibitions

Pia Elizondo - The Fall
Institut culturel du Mexique (FRANCE)
From 2017-10-27 to 2018-01-27

Photo Month - The Seventies. The impact of American Photography

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Bibliothèque Nationale de France
58 rue Richelieu
75002 Paris (FRANCE)


From 2008-10-29 to 2009-01-25


• From Tuesday to Satruday 10.00-19.00 and Sunday 12.00-19.00

In 1971, an exhibition entitled « New Photography USA » was organised at the Bibliothèque Nationale; borrowed from the MOMA (New York), it was devoted to young and little-known American photographers. Their works broke with photography as it was conceived in Europe, and with the « humanist » trend that prevailed at that time. Then, Diane Arbus, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, and many others emerged from obscurity. Each of them initiated in a personal way unique developments in the art of photography, making the most of its many possibilities without any a priori thoughts. Far from pictorialism, at a distance from the document in its pure form, they did not break however with the rich heritage represented by Walker Evans, Harry Callahan or Aaron Siskind.Thanks to a collaboration that was strengthened with each passing year, the Bibliothèque nationale de France houses today a collection including about three thousands period prints. However, the exhibition does not intend to trace the history of American photography in the 70’s. Some three hundred photographs have been selected that focus on a limited number of topics, initiating a journey across the iconographic whole that they constitute, a tracking in this part of our collection. Portraits (by Diane Arbus), landscapes (by Paul Caponigro, Lewis Baltz or Joe Deal), photographic experiments (by Duane Michals or Leslie Krims) on display, find an echo in street scenes by Garry Winogrand, William Klein, Bruce Gilden, in Larry Clark’s marginal heroes, in the quirky humour of Bill Owens and Ken Graves, in Ralph Gibson’s sophisticated style.The whole is surrounded by a dreamy and fantasized atmosphere, a key-element in the anglo-saxon heritage represented by Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Arthur Tress or Joel Peter Witkin.This exhibition aims to disclose the daring aspect and vigour or the artistic gesture, and to show the astounding sense of freedom which, at that time, swept stereotypes away and keeps influencing the postmodern conception of photography.

Exhibitions catalog

Monographic exhibitions

Albert & Verzone
Bacigalupo Martina
Berruti Massimo
Boudjelal Bruno
Brault Philippe
Chapin Jean-Luc
Chivet Sophie
Coulange Olivier
Dailleux Denis
Darzacq Denis
Delpoux Dominique
Descamps Bernard
Deschamps Pierre-Olivier
Desprez Bertrand
Doury Claudine
Duroy Stéphane
Eshraghi Isabelle
Flore Maia
Fontaine François
Gomez Rovira Rodrigo
Goussard Christophe
Grignet Brigitte
Guigui Stanislas
Hingley Liz
Hock Marin
Hopkins Rip
Huguier Françoise
Hyytiäinen Arja
Iuncker Steeve
Lambert Yvon
Lecloux Frédéric
Lekfeldt Thomas
Martin Claire
Mirguet Olivier
Navia José Manuel
Nejmi Malik
Pauquet Claude
Picard Fabrice
Picard Serge
Pierrot Emmanuel
Propeck Agnès
Rearick Anne
Rondeau Gérard
Sauveur David
Sutkus Antanas
Taberna Patrick
Ten Hoopen Pieter
Tillim Guy
Van Denderen Ad
Vanden Eeckhoudt Michel
Wasif Munem
Winship Vanessa
Yankang Yang
Zuili Guillaume

Collective Exhibitions

  • Vu' by Robert Delpire
  • Full Size Nature
  • VU' in Paris
  • European Works

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