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A Happy Marriage


Henry Chapier
Chairman of Paris Audiovisuel
Maison européenne de la photographie

Poster realised by Vik Muniz

The 2010 Month of Photography takes as its theme “Paris Collects” – a concept to which most of the city’s museums, cultural centres and private galleries adhere.
The initial idea was to showcase the rich collections belonging to the association “Paris Audiovisuel – Maison Européenne de la Photographie”, displaying them in various different spaces that would bring lovers of photography into contact with innovative installations made by outstanding world-class artists.
Along the way, the organisations involved in the Month of Photography went much further, each creating an event focusing on the works they planned to exhibit, turning them into a source of inspiration, original creativity and deep critical reflection.
The Paris Museum of Modern Art, for instance, celebrates the work of Larry Clark with photographs brought in from other galleries; the Bibliothèque François Mitterrand presents Raymond Depardon’s photographic series entitled “La France”, and the Jeu de Paume reveals a new dimension of the work of Kertész. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie will be exhibiting work by Helmut Newton exploring the notion of the extreme, as well as new 3 D images pictures by Rodolphe Gombergh, holograms that no longer require special glasses to be viewed.
Other surprises are in store thanks to Bernard Faucon, as well as works showing the emergence of architecture in the many-facetted world of photography. What stands out in the 2010 Month of Photography is perhaps a return to a form of vital creativity and artistic expression that appeared to have been thrust aside by passing trends. It’s also the celebration of a happy marriage: this unifying concept has led museums, foundations, public institutions and galleries to continue to strengthen their ties, so that visitors can enjoy the outcome of their shared passion.