The exhibition dedicated to American photographer Jane Evelyn Atwood recounts 35 years of work. Organized around major series (Prostitutes, The Blind, Women in Prison, Jean-Louis) and around twenty photographs unpublished on different subjects, the numerous prints of the exhibition retrace the journey of an uncompromising photographer, sensitive to the destinies of those who have been rejected on the outskirts, far from the eyes of society, by their condition and dramas of life.
“Through her personal choices, Jane Evelyn Atwood always seems to go towards difficulty, as a challenge, often placing herself, in the eyes of others, of us, spectators, on the border of the forbidden…Always a story of confinement and border, of people apart, and, each time, the photographer immerses herself in her subject, commits herself body and soul, at her own risk, with a desire to testify or to change certain received ideas about these closed worlds and the dramas it encounters, by revealing both beauty and cruelty, melancholy and ambiguity. Complicit and compassionate, curious and focused on her subjects, instinctively capturing the moment that expresses itself, the emotion that expresses itself. A generous look that transforms life into art, the result of a long journey. ”
Excerpt from his preface for the book Photo Poche Extérieur Nuit (National Center for Photography, 1998)
Jane Evelyn Atwood : Photographs 1976-2010
March 3 – April 8, 2020
La Filature, Scène Nationale – Mulhouse
20 allée Nathan Katz