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featured by GoSee EVENT : CURIOSA, MUUS Collection presents Deborah Turbeville, Female Power, and Maison Ruinart – we look forward to PARIS PHOTO 2021 from 11 through 14 November at Grand Palais Ephémère, the new venue at the foot of the Eiffel Tower

After PARIS PHOTO was unable to take place in 2020 due to the Corona pandemic, it is being held this year from 11 – 14 November under the patronage of Emmanuel Macron, President of the Republic, at Grand Palais Ephémère. Particularly noteworthy this time is the new event venue : the Grand Palais Ephémère, an eco-friendly building at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. In addition, a new digital platform has been created which offers enhanced visibility of the photographic works. This year, Paris Photo unites 147 galleries from 28 countries, as well as 30 publishing houses from nine countries. Artist talks, photo books, awards ceremonies, prizes and a glass of champagne here or there make the program complete.

We particularly look forward to the area CURIOSA for young artists, under the direction of Shoir Mavlian, with 20 individual exhibitions in this year’s edition. A further topic : Female Power in Photography. For the fourth time, Paris Photo is renewing its commitment to promoting female photographers with the support of the Ministry of Culture and Kering. Female artists are granted additional visibility, an acquisition budget to benefit works of women offered at the exhibition is being provided, and women are also given a voice through a platform where interviews with female artists from all corners of the globe are taking place.

In an exhibition space of its own, Maison Ruinart – official champagne supplier for ten years – presents the photographs of Congolese artist Gosette Lubondo Diakota, aged 28 and the winner of the third edition of the Maison Ruinart Award. Her work deals with the topics of memories and history, but also people. 

Thrilling is certainly also the appearance of the MUUS Collection with Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013). The MUUS Collection is comprised of archives of significant, but lesser-known American photographers whose works mark formative shifts in the world. Besides working towards the conservation of these archives, the collection also seeks to make them more accessible to new audiences. MUUS, located in New Jersey, USA, has more than 200,000 prints, negatives, contact sheets, publications, newspapers and other materials, making the collection an important touchstone of collective cultural memory.

MUUS recently acquired the estate of Deborah Turbeville (1932-2013), one of the few female photographers of her generation, who worked alongside Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin and other prominent image makers in the area of fashion photography. Turbeville’s oeuvre is, however, not limited to fashion photography alone. From the beginning of the 1970s and throughout the following four decades, the artist ‘played’ with her photos and negatives, copied them, cut them out, scraped them, taped them … The result is an astonishing collection of photos which have been manipulated, torn and glued together. ‘Passport’, a series of collages which Turbeville produced in the 1990s, is one of these original sets. This remarkable work is being revealed to the public here for the first time.

With 120 collages accompanied by texts, the series offers a cinematic narrative sequence which can be read as the artist’s biography. Her signature style is recognizable on each page : a certain timelessness, melancholy and patina emanate from these hauntingly beautiful photographs. By revealing this work, the MUUS Collection strives to give us a new understanding of 20th century photography – and of this highly talented artist’s rightful place in its canon.
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featured by GoSee EVENT : ‘I like photographing the people I love, the people I admire …’ – the visually stunning retrospective ‘HELMUT NEWTON. LEGACY’ on display at Berlin’s Helmut Newton Foundation, appearing with a book at Taschen Publishing

On display since 31 October, 2021, at Berlin’s Helmut Newton Foundation is the largest retrospective entitled ‘HELMUT NEWTON. LEGACY’. Originally scheduled to coincide with the photographer’s 100th birthday, the exhibition was, however, postponed for a year due to the current pandemic. Visitors can now look forward to seeing not only Helmut Newton’s many iconic images but also a number of surprises. The entire exhibition space on the first floor of the museum chronologically traces the life and visual legacy of the Berlin-born photographer.

With around 300 works, half of which shown for the first time, foundation curator Matthias Harder presents lesser-known aspects of Newton’s oeuvre, including many of his more unconventional fashion photographs which span the decades and reflect the changing spirit of the times. The presentation is complemented by Polaroids and contact sheets which grant insight into the creative process of some of the iconic motifs featured, as well as special publications, archival material, and statements by the photographer.

It was in the 1960s that Newton found his style in Paris, as seen in his photographs of the revolutionary fashion designed by André Courrèges. Working for well-known fashion magazines, Newton not only took classic studio shots but also ventured into the streets, where he staged models as participants in a protest, protagonists in a paparazzi story, and more. His clients’ sometimes stringent requirements and narrow expectations were an incentive for him to challenge traditional modes of representation. 

Since the 1970s, Newton had nearly unlimited creative possibilities while shooting on location – whether by helicopter on the beach in Hawaii or in a Parisian hourly hotel, where he included himself in a lingerie campaign through strategically placed mirrors. Repeatedly testing social and moral boundaries, sometimes even redefining them. Until the end of his life, he continued to both disturb and enchant people with his visions and visualizations of fashion and femininity.

No other photographer has likely been published more often than Helmut Newton, and many of his iconic images have become part of our collective visual memory. Now, following intensive research in the foundation’s archives, forgotten and surprising photographs are coming to light. 

For the duration of the retrospective, June’s Room is hosting a special exhibition on the work of June Newton, aka Alice Springs – in memory of the foundation’s president, who passed away in Monte Carlo in April 2021 and has since been laid to rest next to her husband in Berlin. 

To accompany the exhibition Helmut Newton. Legacy, an extensive catalogue of the same name has been published by TASCHEN, edited by Matthias Harder : Hardcover, 24 x 34 cm, 424 pages, ISBN 978-3-8365-8458-6.
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featured by GoSee EVENT : We’re delighted to present the 36th International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories – Hyères 2021 !

The 36th International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories was held this year from 14 to 17 October, 2021, in Hyères, southern France. Since 1986, the festival has promoted and supported young international fashion design, and since 1997, it has been home to the competition for emerging photographers. This year, the competition for fashion accessory designers took place meanwhile for the fifth time. And in 2021, the festival was once again held in the historical 2,400 m2 monument-protected Villa Noailles of Charles and Marie-Laure de Noailles, which was built starting in 1923. Our GoSee.News correspondent Rolf Scheider was there to report for you.

And these four days were certainly far from boring : Awaiting him and further handpicked guests, besides photo, fashion and accessory exhibitions in the gallery spaces of Villa de Noilles, were a wide variety of fashion shows, creative workshops, autograph sessions, keynotes, performances and appearances by artists such as Rémi Girard, Mohamed Soumah, Ibrahima Camara, Vivien Dumoutiers, Abdelkader Zenati, Amine Azira, Bassamba Camara, and Claire Laffut, as well as concerts and DJs, who accompanied our Rolf, his DOP Julien and all other accredited visitors until late into the night.

Whoever did manage to find the time was more than welcome to stroll through the old town of Hyères a bit or relax on the 35 km sandy beach – and perhaps even take a boat trip to the nearby environmentally protected islands Île du Levant, Porquerolles or Port-Cros. The first of which is an absolute inside tip among nudists at the moment !

Back to the event – contenders competed for prizes in the following three categories :

Lacoste Creative Director Louise Trotter presided over the fashion jury. The jury convened in Villa Noailles, Hyères, in April and June 2021 to choose the ten finalists of the competition out of 250 submissions from more than 60 nationalities. The ten fashion designers of five different nationalities are presenting their collections in two fashion shows which are open to the public and industry experts alike. In a showroom during the festival, and then in a joint exhibition in Villa Noailles, visitors can admire the collections through January 2022. The lucky winners can look forward to great prizes because the Grand Prix of the fashion accessory jury consists of a scholarship of 20,000 euros, a collaborative project with the CHANEL Métiers d’art worth up to 20,000 euros, … plus the CHLOÉ PRIZE awarded separately, which is also worth 20,000 euros.

This year, photographer and director Dominique Issermann presided over the photo jury
Dominique Issermann is an Officer of France’s Order of Arts and Letter, a recipient of the Knight’s Order of Merit and a Chevalier de la Légion d’honneur. The jury also convened in the Villa Noailles in Hyères in April 2021 to choose the ten finalists of the competition out of 300 submissions. The photographs of the finalists are being presented in two joint exhibitions in Villa Noailles and in the Tour des Templiers through January 2022. The ten photographers will be commissioned to shoot a new series as part of the American Vintage Photography Prize using the fashion collection of the brand. Fashion house CHANEL is also involved and presented the winner of the Grand Prix of the jury for photography with a prize worth 20,000 euros.

American Vintage is back once again with its AMERICAN VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD for the fifth time as a partner of the festival. The scholarship worth 15,000 euros (5,000 of which for the chosen photographer) consists of a commission for a fashion shoot.

This year’s fashion accessories jury was presided over by Christian Louboutin. The ten finalists were chosen out of more than 100 submissions. The Grand Prix for fashion accessories is a joint project with CHANEL Métiers d’art worth 20,000 euros.

Hermès has renewed its partnership with the International Festival of Fashion, Photography and Fashion Accessories with the Hermès Fashion Accessories Prize, and Mercedes-Benz was delighted to further deepen its long-standing partnership with the Hyères Festival by offering the new Mercedes-Benz Sustainability Award and a donation to the festival – also worth 20,000 euros. GoSee : villanoailles.com
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