The beautiful beast.

For those photography lovers who didn’t make it to the Festival de Arles, we suggest a nice visit to the Maison Europeen de la Photography (a.k.a. MEP) in the beautiful quartier of St. Paul. With an excellent yearly programmation that also includes video art, this small and active center always holds one or two shows that makes the visit worthwhile. This time, our eye is captivated by the incredible, magnificent, gorgeous Charlotte Rampling. Her portraits, taken by some of the best contemporary photographers (from Helmut Newton to Jurguen Teller, Cecil Beaton to Bettina Rheims, Paolo Roversi to Peter Lindbergh or Pierre et Gilles) reveals the mystical and sensual beauty of the French actress and singer in an intimate and powerful way. Not to be missed also a small selection of her own pictures and another serie of photographer’s portraits (Larry Clarck, Duane Michales…) , which explore the idea of self. And to make everything even more special, French composer, Jean Michel Jarre, has created a special sound installation for the project. Deep beauty at it’s peak.

La personnalité de Charlotte Rampling ne cesse d’être entourée de ce mystère que reflète l’étrangeté énigmatique de son regard. Après avoir marqué de son empreinte le cinéma, le théâtre, et la chanson, elle dévoile dans cette exposition sa relation originale avec l’univers de la photo.
L’exposition est conçue en trois chapitres : son propre travail centré sur sa vie intime, les photographies qu’elle a inspirées à de grands photographes (Cecil Beaton, Bettina Rheims, Helmut Newton, Alice Springs, Paolo Roversi, Peter Lindbergh, Pierre et Gilles, etc.) et une sélection d’autoportraits de photographes issus des collections de la Maison Européenne de la Photographie (Larry Clark, Ralph Gibson, Marie-Laure de Decker, Duane Michals, etc.). Une musique originale faisant l’objet d’une installation sonore est spécialement conçue par Jean Michel Jarre pour l’exposition.

Charlotte Rampling: Albums secrets.

Until August 26th

Maison Européen de la Photography.

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