As part of its policy in favour of the visibility of women photographers, the Ministry of Culture has been presenting, for three years, in association with Paris Photo, a dedicated course, Elles X Paris Photo.

This year, to make up for the cancellation of the 2020 edition at the Grand Palais following the health restrictions, this route becomes digital: they will be able to access photo.com. It will also be presented at the Paris Photo Week-End, a very new event around the photography proposed by Paris Photo in Parisian galleries.

Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska, curator at the Georges Pompidou Centre’s photography office, is the curator. For the occasion, it brought together nearly 40 women, young, confirmed, little known or having marked the history of photography.

Organized around five themes - bright images, dreamed images, transformed images, militant images and witness images -, the project forges imaginary links that testify to the proximity between generations, sensibilities and aesthetic choices.

Launched on November 5, the website will present all the artists of the course including thirty photographers interviewed about their status as a woman artist, their commitments and their inspirations. For ten of them, a videotaped interview will complete the discussion. Besides a downloadable map with all the Parisian galleries exhibiting the selected photographers and the calendar of events, the site will publish infographics on women in photography in France, with updated figures from studies of the Ministry of Culture: remuneration, professions, studies, prizes, editions, presence in fairs, collections, exhibitions and festivals.

Last year, Paris Photo had only 25% women among the artists exhibited. This digital journey aims to give fair visibility to the works of women photographers and to encourage galleries to present more women on their stands.

At the same time, from November 12 to 15, 2020, Elles X Paris Photo will be presented in 20 Parisian galleries exhibiting the photographers selected by the curator. In each of them, the visitor will find a brochure presenting the project, a map with participating galleries and the latest figures on the place of women in photography in France.

On your calendars
- Thursday, November 5, 2020: Launch of ellesxparisphoto.com  
- From 12 to 15 November 2020: Exhibition in the Paris Photo Weekend galleries
- Saturday 14 November from 2pm to 7.30pm: Round tables Women photographers - A history of photography to reinvent - at the Centre Georges Pompidou
- From 11 to 15 November: The Grande Librairie du France PhotoBook at Espace Léon (Paris 3e)

Meetings at the Centre Georges-Pompidou
Fannie Escoulen, an independent curator specializing in contemporary photography, will hold an afternoon of meetings on 14 November from 2 pm to 7:30 pm on the theme «Women photographers - A history of photography to be reinvented». A programme of round tables will be organized to discuss the place of women photographers on the artistic scene. One of them will be devoted to the release of A World History of Women Photographers (Luce Lebart and Marie Robert, Editions Textuel), a major work that traces the work of 300 women photographers of all nationalities, from the beginning of photography to the 2000s. Another highlight of the afternoon will be an exclusive meeting with photographer Sabine Weiss (born 1924). The final programme will be available on thexparisphoto.com.

The great bookstore of France PhotoBook as part of Paris Photo Weekend
Supported by the Ministry of Culture, the French bookstore PhotoBook, the first group of French publishers of creative photography books, will bring together the members of the eponymous association from November 11 to 15, 2020, at the Espace Léon (Paris 3e). This event will be an opportunity to discover a rich and diverse panorama of the French independent photographic publishing sector.

List of artists and their gallery
Charlotte Abramow – FISHEYE
Laurence Aëgerter - BINOME
Jocelyne Alloucherie - FRANÇOISE PAVIOT
Lola Alvarez Bravo - GRÉGORY LEROY
Martine Barrat - THE RED GALLERY
Elina Brotherus – GB AGENCY
Yael Burstein - CHARLOT
Joana Choumali - LOFT ART & 1957
Delphine Diallo - FISHEYE
Elsa & Johanna - LA FOREST DIVONNE
Agnès Geoffray – MAUBERT
Noemie Goudal - THE DAUGHTERS OF CALVARY
Kati Horna - SOPHIE SCHEIDECKER
Sara Imloul - 127
Valérie Jouve - XIPPAS
Nicène Kossentini - CLAIRE GASTAUD
Alejandra Laviada - BENDANA | PINEL
Tanja Lazetić - GALERIJA FOTOGRAFIJA
Ouka Leele - ROCIO SANTA CRUZ
Ira Lombardia - CRIADO ALARCON
Anna Malagrida - RX
Diana Markosian - The Daughters of Calvary
Ishiuchi Miyako - THE THIRD GALLERY AYA
Sarah Moon - CAMERA OBSCURA & HOWARD GREENBERG
ORLAN - GILLES DROUAULT & CEYSSON & BENECIARY
Andrea Ostera - TOLUCA
Aurélie Pétrel - CEYSSON & BENECIARY
Pusha Petrov - ANNE-SARAH BÉNICHOU
Annegret Soltau - ANITA BECKERS
Bertien Van Manen - IN CAMERA
Agnès Varda – NATHALIE OBADIA
Lake Verea - BENDANA I PINEL
Beatrix Von Conta - LE REVERBERE
Hitomi Watanabe - ECHO119
Sabine Weiss - THE SHOWERS

 

Elles X Paris Photo is a project led by the Ministry of Culture, in partnership with Paris Photo and Fisheye Magazine, with the support of Women In Motion, a Kering program to highlight the place of women in arts and culture