Gisèle Freund at Fondation Pierre Bergé-YSL
Closing next Sunday is this exhibition devoted to the work of the pioneering photographer Gisèle Freund (1908-2000). Following her last retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 1991, Freund has been credited with pioneering colour portraiture and projection photography, as well as with adapting a sociological approach to the image and to the history of photography. Hundreds of prints and numerous archived documents testify to her talents as a portraitist; an impressive gallery of contemporary writers, photographed among their books, is at the heart of the exhibition. Born in Berlin, Freund was forced to flee to Paris in 1933. During her years in Paris (1933-1940), she became great friends with booksellers Adrienne Monnier and Sylvia Beach, thanks to whom she met many writers. Such encounters, at first intellectual, resulted in a whole series of photographs in black and white, later in colour, a new and rare technique at the time. Malraux, Cocteau, Gide, Colette, Valéry, Zweig, Joyce, Woolf…
Until Sun 29 Jan. 11am-6pm. Closed Mon. 7€/5€
Fondation Pierre Bergé – Yves Saint Laurent, 3 rue Léonce Reynaud, 16th.