Exhibition Franck LANDRON : EX TIME

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Franck Landron, 1979. Porquerolles. Bibi avant la chute. © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

Franck Landron, 1979. Porquerolles. Bibi avant la chute. © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

Until 4th October 2015 at the House of  Photography Robert Doisneau, in Gentilly

ARTICLE BY INES DELABAERE. The House of Photography Robert Doisneau (Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau) invites us to contemplate the youth and adolescence of Franck Landron (born in 1957) in its latest exhibition EX TIME. Landron is a multidisciplinary French artist, who is  film director, documentary filmmaker and photographer.

 

 

1978, L'Arbresle. Mon père et ma mère © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

1978, L’Arbresle. Mon père et ma mère © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

The 70’s are knocking on the door and the emergence of film director Claude Sautet is the harbinger. On the wall sections of the exhibition, pictures of Landron’s family catch our eye. On one of them the mother, surprised to receive a kiss from her husband, reproaches her son, the photographer: “Why do you want to show this?” Yes why does Landron – since the age of 13 – take pleasure in capturing those fleeting, inexpressible moments, making visitors the witnesses of the “vanished salt of life”?

 

1976. Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

1976. Paris, Ecole des Beaux-Arts © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

We proceed in the exhibition and leave Sautet behind to encounter the hectic filmmaker Cédrick Klapish and his 1994 movie “Le Péril Jeune”, travelling through time. Ah … the sweet memories of hazing at the Parisian Beaux-Arts, of then walking through rue de Vaugirard in Paris, with half the head freshly shaved. What an intense pleasure!

 

1983. Paris, Bastille. Le cinéma Pathé, à la place de l'Opera Bastille © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

1983. Paris, Bastille. Le cinéma Pathé, à la place de l’Opera Bastille © Franck Landron / agence révélateur

Going down the stairs of the sumptuous Maison Robert Doisneau, the visitor encounters photographs of long gone local cinemas. The sensational, outdated titles of pornographic movie posters make us smile, preventing us from being overcome by any nostalgic sadness.

 

But be assured, the exhibition does not end there. After EX TIME at Maison Robert Doisneau, the exhibition OUT TIME at the Binôme gallery will welcome us from 4th September to 1st October 2015.

 

couverture du livre de photographies Franck Landron EX TIME aux éditions Contrejour

couverture du livre de photographies Franck Landron EX TIME aux éditions Contrejour

In addition to the exhibition, the book EX TIME will be out on 17th September 2015. Edited by Contrejour, it contains texts from Michael Houlette (Director of the House of Photography Robert Doisneau), Christine Delory-Momberger and Julie Corteville (Chief Curator of the French Museum of Photography).

 

Practical information

Maison de la photographie Robert Doisneau

Address : 1, rue de la Division du Général Leclerc, 94250 Gentilly (RER B : station Gentilly, Bus n° 57, V5 : stop Division Leclerc, Tramway 3a, stop Stade Charléty)

Opening times : Wednesdays to Fridays 13h30 – 18h30, Saturdays and Sundays  13h30 – 19h, closed on bank holidays

Free entry

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