Lucien Clergue. The First Albums at the Grand Palais in Paris

From November 13, 2015 to February 16, 2016
Lucien Clergue. The First Albums at the Grand Palais in Paris 3, avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008 Paris fr

Why did Pablo Picasso decide to sponsor this young man, not even in his twenties, when he introduced himself at the end of a bull-fighting show in Arles and showed him his photographs?

The answer lies in Lucien Clergue’s first albums, which were never seen publicly until his recent death at the age of 80 on the 15th November 2014.

They comprise advertising sample catalogues originally designed as support for fabrics, tiny colour pictures, blank white pages that the artist claimed and on which he pasted his black and white photographs instead: a mix of solemnness, the staging of people, still lifes, documentaries, ruins and nudes.

Realising before others the dominant position that photography is about to take, he is one of the first European photographers to believe that he could make a living from selling his prints in the future.

He has fought throughout his life for photography to be progressively better conceived.

His work as a photographer is based around his regular environment, working only with daylight, water, sand, sea, life, death, the female body, the biological evolution of Earth, and bullfighting.

Featured throughout his art, The Camargue and the Alpilles were the backdrops of his solitary work.

The exhibition showcases around 380 photographs, of which 200 are landscapes from the 60s and 70s presented on a 76.5 yard-long frieze.

Address

Grand Palais, Galeries Nationales
3, avenue du Général Eisenhower
75008 Paris

Admission fees and rates

  • Ticket price: 10€
  • Concessions: 7€

Plein tarif : 10 €
Tarif réduit : 7 €

Plein tarif : 10 €
Tarif réduit : 7 €

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