Le Havre, 1982 - Gilbert Fastenaekens © BnF - Departamento de Impressões e Fotografia © Gilbert Fastenaekens

‘Noir et blanc’: visit the virtual exhibition

(Paris, France)

An exhibition about the History of the 150 years of black and white international photographers is presented on the Grand Palais’s website. ‘Noir et blanc’ would have been opened on December 16th, but it was postponed due to the pandemic restrictions in Paris, France. The new date has not been yet announced. Among all artists, Lita Cerqueira is the Brazilian name selected for the list with more than 200 artists. Lita represents the Brazilian afro culture in photographs.

This exhibition is a partnership between Réunion des musées nationaux – Grand Palais and Bibliothèque Nationale de France. BnF gives a rare outing from its archives for the occasion. By comparing different periods, currents, and techniques, it examines the works of 204 photographers from 36 countries from the perspective of their black and white production, freeing itself of any chronological constraint. By its profusion, it invites the observer to gain a sense of all the power and creative vivacity of black and white photography from the 19th-century origins to contemporary creation.  

Ricardo Fernandes, member of the PIPA Nominating Committee 2020, is the curator of the Formation Project of Brazilian Photographers Collection at BnF. He provides to the institution the curatorial research and selection of Brazilian photographers, a group that gathers nowadays artists such as Romy Pocztaruk (finalist of PIPA Prize 2018), Renata Felinto and Gê Viana (both Finalists of PIPA Prize 2020).

‘Noir et Blanc’
curators: Sylvie Aubenas, director of the Print and Photography Department of the BnF;
Héloïse Conésa, curator in charge of contemporary photography in the Print and Photography Department of the BnF Flora Triebel, curator in charge of 19th century photography in the Print and Photography Department of the BnF;
Dominique Versavel, head of photography and curator in charge of modern photography in the Print and Photography Department of the BnF
exhibition design: Maud Martinot 

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