- Nobuyoshi Araki: July 7th 1971, from the series ‘Sentimental Journey’. Collection MEP, Paris. Gift of Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd. © Nobuyoshi Araki, courtesy of Taka Ishii Gallery
- Nan Goldin: Nan and Brian in bed, New York City, 1983, from the series ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency’, 1986. Collection MEP, Paris © Nan Goldin, courtesy of Marian Goodman Gallery
- JH Engström & Margot Wallard, from the series ‘Foreign Affair’, 2011
© JH Engström & Margot Wallard, courtesy of Galerie Jean-Kenta Gauthier, Paris
- RongRong&inri, from the series ‘Personal Letters’, 2000
The Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) in Paris shines a light on love stories within photography – on show until August 21, 2022.
The group exhibition ‘Love Songs: Photography and Intimacy’ – curated by Simon Baker, Frédérique Dolivet and Pascal Hoël – offers new perspectives on the kaleidoscope of intimate relationships. Comprising 14 series by renowned photographers of the 20th and 21st century, the showcase encompasses masterpieces from the collection of the MEP, as well as loaned works by contemporary artists, many of which are exhibited for the first time in Europe.
At the core of the exhibition are Nobuyoshi Araki’s revolutionary series ‘Sentimental Journey’ (1971) and ‘Winter Journey’ (1989-90), along with Nan Goldin’s ‘The Ballad of Sexual Dependency’ (1986). They are shown side-by-side with works by other significant photographers – including Larry Clark, Emmet Gowin, René Groebli, Herve Guibert, Sally Mann and Alix Cléo Roubaud – as well as series by leading contemporary artists such as H Engström & Margot Wallard, Leigh Ledare, RongRong&inri, Collier Schorr, Hideka Tonomura, and Lin Zhipeng (alias No 223).
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