Distress and other photo shows in Paris

Quick overview of a couple of photo exhibitions i saw in Paris over the weekend:

Distress, Stéphane Duroy‘s photo exhibition at the gallery in camera, the most moving show i’ve seen in Paris closed on Saturday alas!

The French photographer documented -mostly in black and white- the cityscape and society of England at the time of Thatcherism.

mechiiipsress-jpg.jpgBradford, 1981

mecoiffeurstress-jpg.jpgNewbiggin-bye-the-Sea, England, 1992


meHovis8ss-jpg.jpgLondon East End, 1983

3 Liverpool, Angleterre 1983.jpgStéphane Duroy, Liverpool, England, 1983

meaubar5ess-jpg.jpgDublin, 1980

meinterieur5ss-jpg.jpgLondon East End, 1983

God i love this guy’s work!

med_17-distress-jpg.jpgLiverpool, 1983

More images at La lettre de la photographie.

In January, Martin Parr was invited by the Institut des Cultures d’Islam to spend 4 days snapping his way through the Goutte-d’Or, a neighbourhood in Paris known as “Little Africa” because of the large numbers of African and Arab residents living there.

ICI_MP_catalogue_Page_04.jpgEric, charcutier au ‘Cochon d’Or’

The show opened as a controversial debate on “laïcité” -or secularism- was taking place at the parliament, and a week before the law banning full face veils in public places was implemented in the country. Véronique Rieffel, the director of the institute, commented on Parr’s work in the neighbourhood: “It throws a light on them that is different from usual. For once one speaks well of them, with tenderness, with empathy; it was important for us that they saw the photos before everybody else, so that they were not surprised, so that they appropriated their image rather than the usually stolen images.”

Achien1 MAIN ART.jpgDog reception, in a hotel of the neighbourhood, 2011

56view8f9bae31.jpgView of the exhibition space

There are only 2 mosques in La Goutte d’Or. On Friday, so many followers of Islam turn up for prayer that they have to install their little prayer mats outside of the places of worship. The streets have thus to be kept clear of car traffic for one hour every Friday.

0parprierer2.jpgPrayer rue Polonceau, a Friday, 2011

0ICI_exotiques024x724.jpgPraying Muslims, exotic products?

The Goutte d’Or! is at the Institut des Cultures d’Islam, Paris, until July 2, 2011.

Far away from the Goutte d’Or neighbourhood, the Galerie Frank Elbaz shows life on the road with train-hoppers, hitchhikers, wilderness squatters, wayfarers, and drifters. Jane Kurland spent nine month on the road with her son following the nomadic subcultures of America.

JKU-Spare Some Gas- 2010-76.2x101.6.jpgSpare some Gaz, 2010

JKU-Lava Beds National Monument-2010-61x76.2.jpgLava Beds National Monuments, 2010

JKU-Nova SS-2011-76.2x101.6.jpgNova SS, 2011

Justine Kurland, “He sleeps where He Falls” remains open until May 4, 2011 at the Galerie Frank Elbaz in Paris.

Related stories: Parrworld. The Collection of Martin Parr (Part 1), Parrworld. The Collection of Martin Parr (Part 2), England My England.