Paris, rue des Lombards, Jane Evelyn Atwood
Living in Paris since 1971, Jane Evelyn Atwood began photographing in 1975. She took as her first subject the universe of the street, on the rue des Lombards, after her encounter with Blondine, a prostitute of the neighborhood. For over a year, she spent evenings and nights photographing the brothels, its atmosphere surrounding the night time characters, with the aim of better knowing these women, their omnipresent relationships with money between the prostitute, the client and the pimp.
The exhibition featured in the gallery “In Camera,” that will remain hung (excluding the month of August) until September 25th, reflects the atmosphere of the Halles district through over twenty vintage and recent prints.
The book published at Xavier Barral editions gathers for the first time, over thirty years after, the complete series, revealing some never before seen photographs.
A work through which the photograph wanted to pay tribute to these women.
In 1976, even after having lived for several years in Paris, she did not know anything about prostitution. “I had seen these women dressed as “stars” whispering to the passing men… everything about them would fascinate me -their clothes, make up and their hair, jewelery, the gazes of passersby. How did they make it? How were they capable? What do these women look like? I wanted to know them and photography became a way to make it. When someone told me that I could be introduced to a prostitute, I took advantage of the situation”. Jane Evelyn Atwood, Paris, 2011.
Rue des Lombards
Through September 24
sauf du 1 au 31 août
Galerie in camera
21 rue Las Cases
+33 (0)1 57 05 51 77
RUE des LOMBARDS
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