Agnes Varda Portrait of Anne-Marie Edvina
Medium Silver print
Photo Date 1961 Print Date 1961
Dimensions 5-1/2 x 7-5/16 in. (140 x 186 mm)
Photo Country France
Photographer Country France
Contact Alex Novak and Marthe Smith
About This Image
With photographer's stamp and "AM Edvina" stamp on verso.
The first and only "Salon International du Portrait Photographique" was held April 28-May 24,1961 at the Bibliotheque Nationale in Paris. For this major event, 30 well-known photographers were invited to photograph just one subject, the 21-year-old Anne-Marie Edvina, who was chosen for the "rare symmetry of her face", according to a New York Herald Tribune article reporting on this important exhibition. The photographic results were exhibited at the BN and were published in the New York Herald Tribune, Life International, the Journal de Seine et Oise, EPOCA, Europeo and many other publications. The photographers ranged from surrealists Man Ray and Maurice Tabard to fashion photographer William Klein to photojournalists, such as Robert Doisneau and Edouard Boubat.
Illustrated: Life Magazine, June 19, 1961; and the catalogue for the Salon, n.p. Provenance: Salon International du Portrait Photographique; Piasa auctions.
Agnès Varda (born May 30, 1928) is a Greek-French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Once called the “grandmother of the French New Wave," Agnès Varda has been making narrative and documentary films for over six decades. Her movies, photographs and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues and social commentary—with a distinct experimental style.
Varda studied Art History at the École du Louvre before getting a job as the official photographer for the Théâtre national populaire in Paris. She held her first solo photography exhibition in her home in 1954, followed by several reportage missions in China and Cuba. Over the course of her travels and via the people she met, she produced several portraits of both ordinary and famous people of her time.
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