In an initiative by the Ministry of Culture and Paris Photo, women photographers are given a place of honour in 2018. Fannie Escoulen, independent curator, invites you to join us on a special itinerary entitled Elles x Paris Photo debuting at the fair and prolonging to institutions, galeries and museums throughout Paris. The invention of photography paved the way for new professional, social and creative conquests. Amateurs and curious alike hastened to manipulate the medium, in search of experimentation and discoveries. Women, finding it a means of expression and personal emancipation, devoted themselves to this technique with the greatest ardor and passion, which accorded them access to a professional and artistic practice on a par with men. Yet women are hardly recognised in the history of photography, and many still suffer from a profound lack of visibility.
Fannie Esouclen retraces the history of photography through the prism of women; a historic and contemporary parcours in search of hidden treasures unearthed by Paris Photo exhibiting galleries and publishers. A selection of a hundred art works dates from the beginning of photography (Julia Margaret Cameron, Margaret Watkins, Lucia Moholy …) to the feminists of the 70s (Arlene Gottfried, Renate Bertlmann, Joan Lyons,…), and on to the discovery of a promising new generation (Lisa Sartorio, Wiame Haddad, Léa Bélooussovitch, Hilla Kurki,…). The route extends to other places and events in the capital (Photo Saint Germain, Salon Approach, Petit Palais, Jeu de Paume, Cartier Foundation,…) in honour of other talented women photographers.
With the support of the Ministry of Culture.