If Paolo Roversi has become one of the great names in fashion photography, it is perhaps thanks to the fascination he has always felt for the “mutual and intimate confession” that played out during the meeting of the the photographer and his model. That guided and inspired all his work and he took care to maintain its magic in the theater of his studio, using his 20 x 25 Deardorff large format as an essential player in this ceremony which is the prelude to the birth of an image.
Portrait is therefore the title and common thread of this exhibition, which brings together some thirty images drawn from all periods of Paolo’s career (from 1985 to 2022). Intuition, pleasure and freedom guided our choices as it was impossible to summarize an entire oeuvre in such a broad theme. But “Any photograph is both a portrait and an autobiography” and it is therefore not surprising to see there, in addition to a few famous models, a coffee pot, birds… and perhaps, implicitly, a kind revealed portrait of the artist.
* Quotes are from Paolo Roversi.
Paolo Roversi: Portraits
Until October 29
Camera Obscura Gallery
268, boulevard Raspail 75014 Paris
tel: + 1 45 45 67 08