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The Questionnaire : Fiona Rogers by Carole Schmitz


Fiona Rogers : Women in photography

Five years ago, as part of the Paris Photo International Fair, the French Ministry of Culture initiated a program to promote the work of women artists. So, for this new edition, the reins of Elles x Paris Photo have been entrusted to Fiona Rogers, curator of the Parasol Foundation Women in Photography at the Victoria & Albert Museum, a new program that supports women photographers through the museum’s acquisitions, commissions, research, education, exhibitions and events.

Highly honored by this invitation, she welcomes this initiative, which she describes as important for continuing to generate visibility and equality for women in art, as well as reflecting theVictoria and Albert Museum’s ambitions to redress the historical gender imbalance through its photo collection. It is also an opportunity for her to champion the interests of women and other under-represented communities.

Prior to this, she worked for Magnum, and was Director of Photography and Operations for Webber, a photo agency and gallery based in London, New York and Los Angeles.


Paris Photo
Du 9 au 12 Novembre 2023
Grand Palais Ephémère, Paris


The man or woman of image who inspires you?
Fiona Rogers : Francesca Woodman.

The image you wish you’d made?
Fiona Rogers : Anything by Francesca Woodman !

The one that moved you the most?
Fiona Rogers : Raphaela Rosella « Home Truths »

The one that made you angry?
Fiona Rogers : Laia Abril « A History of Misogyny »

The image that obsesses you?
Fiona Rogers : Carrie Mae Weems « Kitchen Table Series ».

With no budget limit, what would you dream of acquiring?
Fiona Rogers : A piece by Deana Lawson.

What do you think makes a “good” photographer?
Fiona Rogers : Commitment and an open heart.

An essential photo book?
Fiona Rogers : Nan Goldin « The Ballad of Sexual Dependancy ».

The best way for you to disconnect?
Fiona Rogers : Bad television.

Your greatest quality?
Fiona Rogers : I’m a good listener.

An image to illustrate a new banknote?
Fiona Rogers : Your Body is a Battleground by Barbara Kruger.

The city, country or culture you dream of discovering?
Fiona Rogers : Mexico City.

The place you never tire of?
Fiona Rogers : Paris.

If I could organize your ideal dinner party, who would be at the table?
Fiona Rogers : Frida Kahlo, VALIE Export, Mahsa Amini and all the Guerilla Girls.

The image that represents for you the current state of the world?
Fiona Rogers : The work of Sheida Soleimani.

What’s missing in today’s world?
Fiona Rogers : Compassion.

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