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The Château de Tours : 1976-1986 : A decade of color photography


The exhibition proposes to retrace the history of the beginnings of the cultural and institutional recognition of color photography, from the end of the 1970s until its assimilation and generalization during the 1980s.

A brief and little-known period is thus explored: when artistic color photography reached the walls of museums and galleries previously reserved for black and white (it generally began in 1976 with the exhibitions of William Eggleston and Stephen Shore at MoMA in New York).

This exhibition tries above all to show that this history of color is not exclusively American. Indeed, in exactly the same years, French, Italian, British and Japanese photographers began to explore color and exhibited in Europe as well as in the United States.

Revisited version of the exhibition initially presented at the Museum of Art and Archeology of Aurillac in 2021, recognized as being of national interest in 2020 by the Ministry of Culture.


1976-1986 : Une décennie de photographie couleur
July 1 – September 25, 2022
Le château de Tours
25 Avenue André Malraux
37000 Tours, France

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