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Académie des beaux-arts : Valérie Belin elected member of the photography section


During its plenary session this Wednesday, January 24, 2024, the Académie des beaux-arts elected Valérie Belin to chair VI of the photography section, a recently created chair. This election will be subject to the approval of the President of the Republic, Protector of the Academy.

The photography section will now be made up of 6 members: Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Sebastião Salgado, Jean Gaumy, Dominique Issermann, Françoise Huguier and Valérie Belin.

During this same session, the Académie des beaux-arts also elected Eric Karsenty correspondent of the photography section.


Valérie Belin

Born in 1964, Valérie Belin is a photographer and visual artist. After studying at the Versailles Art School and then at the Bourges National Art School, she obtained the higher national diploma in plastic expression in 1987. She also holds a diploma of in-depth studies in philosophy of art, which she obtained at the University of Paris Panthéon-Sorbonne in 1988. Since 1993, she has produced around fifty series of photographs on various subjects, in large format, at first exclusively in black and white, then in color from the mid-2000s.

Her works have been exhibited around the world and are part of numerous public and private collections, including the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, the Musée Galliera, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the ICP (International Center for Photography) in New York.

Her work was the subject of two retrospectives at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2008, then at the Center Pompidou in Paris in 2015 with an exhibition entitled “Les images intranquilles”.

In 2015, she won the Pictet Prize (“Disorder”), with a series entitled “Still Life”, presented the same year at the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris.

She is represented by the Nathalie Obadia Gallery (Paris, Brussels), the Edwynn Houk Gallery in New York and the Huxley-Parlor Gallery in London.


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