Much of the credit for the city's ascendancy as a hub of international photography goes to MEP and its director, Jean-Luc Monterosso, who also founded Paris's hugely successful Mois de la Photo festival (a biennial event held in November of even-numbered years). The MEP hosts up to four simultaneous exhibitions, changing about every three months. Shows feature the work of an international crop of photographers and video artists. Works by superstar Annie Leibovitz or designer-photographer Karl Lagerfeld may overlap with a collection of self-portraits by an up-and-coming Japanese artist. MEP often stages retrospectives of the classics (by Doisneau, Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, and others) from its vast private collection. Programs are available in English and English-language tours are sometimes given; check the website for details.
Jul 20, 2008
If one is in Paris for just a few days I don't think this can really rate as a 'must-see' experience. However having lived in Paris and thus having the luxury of being able to avoid the throngs of tourists on a recent return, I stumbled across the lovely Annie Liebovitz exhibition here. Much cheaper and more manageable (queued for 15 mins) than it would have been in London. Only down side is its a rather small narrow museum so might not be so kid-friendly,and
the various stairs are not great either for those less able to walk/climb (I wonder if they have an elevator?).