The exhibition Rosalind Fox Solomon: The Early Work, curated by Nathalie Herschdorfer, Director of the Photo Elysée, showcases one of the artist’s earliest projects, made between 1972 and 1976 at the Scottsboro Alabama First Mondays Market. This is the most complete survey of this series ever presented to the public.
Renowned for her powerful portraiture, Solomon began experimenting with photography at the age of 40 when she was living in Chattanooga, Tennessee. There, she regularly attended the flea market in Scottsboro and began to photograph it, first focusing her lens on broken dolls, then on vendors, and finally on other frequenters of the market. In the early 1970’s, Solomon had begun to study under the tutelage of Lisette Model, who would go on to become her life-long mentor and help her hone her craft.
Complementing the MUUS Collection’s exhibition, the Galerie Julian Sander presents a solo exhibition of Rosalind Fox Solomon’s later works, including Portraits in the time of AIDS (1987-1988); Catalin Valentin’s Lamb, a collaborative project with artist Richard Minsky; and a selection of later works from the 1990s to 2016.
With a body of work spanning a period of over 50 years, from the American South to India, Guatemala, Brazil, and beyond, Solomon has managed to gain access to closed circles and communities through her intuitiveness and curiosity. Determined to reject stereotypes and preconceived notions, she depicts her subjects with an unflinching honesty.
Rosalind Fox Solomon will discuss her work with Sarah Meister, Executive Director of the Aperture Foundation, as part of the Elles x Paris Photo program and conversation series of the Platform, on November 10 at 5:00pm CET.
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Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris, France
November 10, 2022 to November 13, 2022