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Kolkata/Calcutta by Patrick Faigenbaum

Exhibition by the winner of the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson

Patrick Faigenbaum’s Paris exhibition Kolkata/Calcutta recounts his fascinating immersion in the life and culture of India, made possible by the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson, awarded in 2013. Initially conceived as a portrait of an individual artist, the series grew to portray a community, a culture, a region. 

Fondation d'Entreprise Hermès - Kolkata/Calcutta by Patrick Faigenbaum
© Patrick Faigenbaum

Long fascinated by India, French photographer Patrick Faigenbaum used the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson to produce an in-depth study of the Kolkata region. The resulting exhibition is the fruit of two years of travel, encounters and reflection, curated in association with critic and art historian Jean-François Chevrier, and presented at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson.

Featuring over forty photographs, the exhibition presents the essence of this vast project, narrated in full in the thoroughly researched catalogue from Lars Müller Publishers. Patrick Faigenbaum set out to observe the family life and everyday environment of artist Shreyasi Chatterjee. Starting with her works – combining painting, embroidery, and collage – the project gradually, intuitively expanded to include the arts and culture in the Indian state of Bengal, where a rich ancestral tradition co-exists with simpler, rural ways of life. Faigenbaum’s portraiture pays tribute to the people of this multi-faceted territory, generating a ‘complex image’ of the region as a whole.  

Faigenbaum was given carte blanche to pursue the project, which was made possible by the Prix Henri Cartier-Bresson, awarded to him in 2013. Wholly funded by the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, the prize offers significant support for new photographic work in the making. After Paris, the exhibition moves to the Aperture Foundation in New York, as part of a new alliance with the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès. 

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Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson

2 impasse Lebouis 75014 Paris, France


Curator :
Jean-François Chevrier