French photographer Jacques Leonard (1909-1994) produced remarkable work on Montjuïc, Barcelona’s gypsy quarter, whose codes he adopted when he married a lovely girl, Rosario Amaya. This family situation allowed him to return to the extremely closed intimacy of the life of the gypsy people in the 1950s and 1960s.
When Anne Clergue presented this exhibition to me in Arles last summer, I was immediately touched by this Romancero Gitano, as I had been by the famous poem by Federico Garcia. His photography is shouting with sincerity and a joie de vivre that draws us away and tears us away from the neurasthenic atmosphere we are facing today. I asked Anne Clergue to make a selection of new images to make all Parisians dance!
We will not be able to hold a vernissage, pandemic obliges, but we are planning 3 open days on February 9, 11 and 16. Anne Clergue and ourselves will be happy to welcome you and offer you a drink depending of the time of your arrival.
Jacques Léonard : Et si l’on dansait…
From February 11, 2021
56 Boulevard de La Tour-Maubourg
75007 Paris France