The Confidences exhibition takes us into the intimate universe of Gérard Uféras as he shares the magic of what goes on backstage at the world’s great operas and fashion shows, revealing his passion for art and creation.
Uféras started his career working for French daily Libération and was a founding member of VU photo agency in 1986, later joining Rapho and working regularly for the French and international press. Alongside his work as a photojournalist, he has always pursued his own long-term personal projects, his images revealing a humble, extremely sensitive and very generous approach.
In 1988, together with Jean-Loup Sieff and Mary Ellen Mark, Uféras was given carte blanche to enter Opéra Garnier via the stage door. It was a revelation, leading to 13 years spent capturing the secret enchantment of life behind the scenes in opera houses across Europe, from London to Milan, Moscow, Barcelona and Salzburg.
His fascination for the passage from darkness to light, the costumes, fabrics and the often tricky lighting challenges are all shown in his second major project, The Fabric of Dreams. From 1998 to 2000, he spent his time at fashion shows, capturing the gestures and the pouts, the curves of a silhouette and the drapes of a fabric, serving as witness to the passions that drive the world of creation and craftsmanship.
Gérard Uféras is a profoundly humanistic photographer, his framing always very precise, zooming in on emotions. He is a story-teller and a magician, and in this exhibition he generously offers us his personal insights.
Gérard Uféras, Confidences
Until 2 October 2016
112, rue Saint-François