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Rediscovered Treasures

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The Pavillon Populaire in Montpellier dedicates a comprehensive retrospective to Jean-Philippe Charbonnier: from February 5 to April 19, 2020, an extensive selection of Charbonnier’s reportages and colour photographs will be on display at the Southern-French venue – representing an unprecedented opportunity to rediscover one of the most remarkable French photographers of the 20th century.

Like his more widely known contemporaries Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Sabine Weiss and Édouard Boubats, Charbonnier (1921–2004) pursued a humanist approach to photography – addressing a broad spectrum of topics that ranged from portraits of young people in the North of France, to behind-the-scenes shots at Christian Dior fashion shows. He travelled to the most remote corners of the Earth and visited the world’s largest cities, he photographed in the Sahara desert and inside American supermarkets. Despite this extraordinary diversity, his visual language was always characterised by one common trait: the artist’s ability to enter into an equal relationship with those he photographed.


For further information visit Pavillon Populaire Montpellier

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