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CLAP Report on French Photography


What visibility of French photography in institutions, art centers and French events?

Update of the report “Long live French photography”

At the beginning of 2021, a report on the visibility of French photography “Vive la photographie française” was published, in order to establish an inventory of the presence of historical and contemporary French photographic creation within the various institutions. , art centers or French cultural events. The study focused on the accounting of photographers exhibited over the past six years (from 2015 to 2020 inclusive). This period included a year cut off from a large number of exhibitions, following the closure of cultural venues linked to the Covid-19 health crisis. It did, however, allow us to measure the trends in terms of support for national creation on French territory. Those of large institutions give priority to international authors, compared to smaller structures which devote themselves more easily to local and national creation. What are the changes two years after this study? Has the health crisis upset the representation of artists of the territory?

This update comes almost a year after the publication of the Franceschini report on the financing of the production and distribution of photographic works, and the implementation of 13 specific measures. The CLAP is one of the many professionals to have been interviewed. The main demands submitted show the importance of highlighting French artists. Glad to see that one of the objectives chosen is to strengthen the visibility of photographic creation by developing the presence of the French scene on the territory, but also abroad.

The account of French photographers or photographers living in France was carried out on monographic and collective exhibitions. These are calculated by proportion (the majority of international or French works). Some previous accounts have been reviewed and new locations have been added.


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