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1975: L’avènement de « la nouvelle Photographie »


In 1975-76, on the rue de l’Ouest in Paris’ XIVth arrondissement, between the southern ends of the rue Daguerre and the rue Niepce, one event dramatically changed the artistic landscape--the appearance of the collective Contrejour, an alternative newspaper, book publisher and gallery for young photographers. In 1976, Claude Nori, founder of the collective, gathered photographs of artists he called the “children of May 1968 and of Niepce”. These artists perceived photography as a language for expressing a new feeling of liberation, a sense of identity, political commitment and a genuine philosophy of life. Assembled for the first time, their works became a book and a gallery exhibition entitled “Photographie actuelle en France” (Contemporary photography in France), an event renewed in 1978 and in 1980 that became the foundation of what would later be termed «creative photography.»

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