Villa Medici - The French Academy in Rome presents an exhibition dedicated to the prestigious collection of photographs of Florence and Damien Bachelot, France's most important private one.
On display are about 150 images, accompanied by the texts of Michel Poivert, tracing a century of photography history through the double glance of the two collectors and the curator Sam Stourdzé.
Collection focuses on human, their intimacy and relationship with environment, between the energy of the city and the most intimate poetry of the portrait. From Brassaï to Sabine Weiss, from Diane Arbus to Mitch Epstein, the artists' lens highlights the impact of photography. It investigates how the portrait and the body represent the measure of space, through an evocative journey between vintage and modern.
The exhibition path winds through the two great traditions of early 20th-century French humanist and American street photography in an extraordinary encounter between Henry Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau and Willy Ronis, and Dave Heath, Helen Levitt and Robert Frank. On display are also about 40 vintage prints by Saul Leiter, the pioneer of colour street photography, and an investigation into modern reportage with Gilles Caron's work, the passionate and unforgettable photojournalist. The documentary portraits are testified by contemporary photographers such as Luc Delahaye, Mohamed Bourouissa, Véronique Ellena, and Laura Henno. The latter is also the protagonist of a focus in Villa Medici's ancient cistern.
Photo: Luigi Ghirri, Atelier Morandi, Grizzana, 1989, Collection Bachelot, © Eredi di Luigi Ghirri
From 7 October 2022 to 26 February 2023
From Monday to Sunday from 10.00 to 19.00
(last admission at 6.30pm)
Closed on Tuesday