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Musée Nicéphore Niépce : Madeleine de Sinéty : A Village


Following the presentations at the Gwinzegal art center in Guingamp and at the museum of Brittany in Rennes, the Musée Nicéphore Niépce presents the exhibition Madeleine de Sinéty, Un village.

In addition to 120 photographs, the exhibition looks back on ten years of the work and life of the photographer and enriches the previous presentations with around forty never seen pictures.


Madeleine de Sinéty [1934-2011] trained in Decorative Arts in the late 1950s is a self-taught photographer. Between 1972 and 1980, she left Paris, her work as a designer and settled in Poilley, a small village of 500 souls in Ille-et-Vilaine.

Madeleine de Sinéty then photographed the life of this rural town in Brittany in black and white and doubled all her pictures in color. The work is impressive in terms of its time spent working and the quantity of images accumulated [more than 56,000 images are now held in the collections of the Nicéphore Niépce museum].

Accompanied by a diary that is both factual and intimate, the work of the photographer has multiple entries in the iconographic register: family photographs, portraits, reportage, ethnographic investigation…

Which is what makes it so rich.


Exhibition curator: Jérôme Sother, Gwinzegal Peter Behrman de Sinéty, Beneficiary of Madeleine de Sinéty Emmanuelle Vieillard, musée Nicéphore Niépce


Madeleine de Sinéty : Un village
Until Jan 22, 2023
Musée Nicéphore Niépce
28 quai des messageries
71100 Chalon-sur-Saône


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