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Photographer invited to the Planche (s) Contact festival in 2015

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Deauville: 1966-2015, A crazy allure

In August 1966, Bruno Barbey was reporting to Deauville for Vogue. Fifteen images from this report, largely forgotten, are the starting point for a return to Deauville, 50 years later. A return to the scene to take a new look in fifteen new images, on a Deauville which is no longer the same by a photographer who remains himself.

This perspective was presented simultaneously to the great Bruno Barbey retrospective, in October 2015 by the MEP (European House of Photography) in Paris.

When Bruno Barbey arrived in 1966, Deauville, still in the spotlight, now revealed itself in a new face. A few months earlier, the film A man and a woman by Claude Lelouch wins the Palme d'Or at the Cannes festival. Bruno Barbey goes through and reproduces the rituals of the summer of 1966. He walks the beach and the boards, attends the races, photographs the owners, the players and the jockeys. He also photographs the final of the Polo tournament, where he observes from a distance the accomplices conversations of Jean-Claude Brialy, Régine and Marie Bell, or those of Maurice Chevalier with Lucien Barrière. It restores the atmosphere of Fur Night in a festive and elegant casino, mixes with his British colleagues for the arrival, at Deauville airport, of Prince Philip of Edinburgh, before attending the sales of yearlings.

With this same curiosity, sharpened by 50 years of reporting, Bruno Barbey returns to capture the Deauville of spring and summer 2015. For Planche (s) Contact 2015, Bruno Barbey exhibited this singular project illustrating 50 years of photographic practice. Planche (s) Contact thus continues its Magnum Photos cooperation, initiated in previous years with the reception of Lise Sarfati (2010) and then Harry Gruyaert (2013).

Bruno Barbey was born in Morocco. He studied photography at the School of Arts and Crafts in Vevey, Switzerland. From 1961 to 1964, he photographed Italians with the idea of ​​capturing the spirit of a nation and painting a portrait of a nation. In the 60s, "Editions Rencontres" commissioned him to produce a series of books on European and African countries. At that time, he regularly collaborated with Vogue magazine. In 1964, he joined the magnum Photos agency, of which he became a member in 1968. That year, he covered the demonstrations of May 1968 in Paris, as well as in Tokyo. Ten years later, between 1979 and 1981, he photographed Poland at a turning point in its history and published his work in a world-wide book. He was Magnum Vice President for Europe in 1978 and 1979 and President of Magnum International from 1992 to 1995.

For 50 years Bruno Barbey has covered many conflicts around the world. Although not strictly speaking a "war photographer", he covered the war in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait.

Bruno Barbey is known for his particularly free and harmonious use of color. He has photographed a lot of Morocco, the country of his childhood. In 1999, the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris organized a large exhibition of his photos, taken over a period of thirty years. He has received numerous awards for his work, including the “Order of Merit”. His photos are exhibited all over the world and are part of numerous Museum collections, notably those of the George Pompidou Center, the National Library of Paris, the Institut du Monde Arabe, the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Istanbul Modern and the Museum of Art in Seoul. His work has been published in major international magazines such as Life, Time, National Geographic, Stern, Paris Match ou The London Sunday Times.

Exhibitions 2015

Deauville 1966-2015: "A crazy allure", Deauville, France.
Morocco: A Scorching Beauty, The Empty Quarter Gallery, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
China since 1973, F11 Photographic Museum, Hong Kong.
Passages. Retrospective, European House of Photography, Paris, France.

In addition to Bruno Barbey's exhibition at Planche (s) Contact, the European House of Photography in Paris presents the exhibition "Bruno Barbey, Passages", from November 12, 2015 to January 17, 2016.

Thierry Grillet, member of the 2015 jury and director of cultural action at the BnF on Deauville: 1966-2015, A crazy allure

"Bruno Barbey was 25 in Deauville in 1966. Fifty years later Planche (s) Contact offers him the opportunity to come back. by putting his steps as a world-renowned photographer back into those of the unknown he was then, he turns on himself. The photos date and the things and the look. So all these photos are first of all the story of that gaze, which sees and surprises itself in the mirror, fifty years apart. But they also date with Deauville. Because this report questions the concordance of times. Has Deauville remained the same? Is it this essence that crosses time, unalterable with its shopping, its beach, its casino? Or is it this substance which changes, corrupts and renews itself? From this dialectical turnstile, Bruno Barbey leaves by showing a lot of permanence, and a few novelties. Sign that this eye knows how to distinguish between deep changes and others. 
What has changed in the city? First the condition of the body: the cult of elegance was added the cult of performance - with these images of thousands of triathlon athletes. Dresses and suits against wetsuits in neoprene. Then, the emergence of a new world: here is Asia, attractive, which walks in the races, on the boards and in the evenings ... Deauville is, in its way, globalized. However, beyond the documentary glance, these shots have another dimension, that of mediation over time. Who better besides than a photographer, master of the instant and the duration, could thus, could thus better than anyone who measure the passing of time? Photography cannot deny it. It is by nature nostaligic and never ceases, by recording the fleeting, to nourish the search for lost time ...
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