Marc Pataut: Proximities
Catalogue of the exhibition

The exhibition Proximities at the Jeu de Paume presents a selection of some twenty photographic projects developed between 1981 and the present day by Marc Pataut (born in Paris in 1952). Juxtaposing works from various series, it highlights the way in which Pataut’s documentary photography explores people’s relation with themselves and with society.

Pataut’s work is marked by his training, in the early 1970s, in the studio of sculptor Étienne-Martin at the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris, where he himself taught photography from 2001 to 2018. Since the 1980s, following a brief interlude at the Viva agency, he has dedicated himself to work that is fuelled by discussion, argument and struggle, and which revolves around human and political issues. Rooted in specific contexts, his projects are conceived and developed in close collaboration with other people.

This volume examines Pataut’s work in the context of the history of portrait photography, while highlighting his exploration of the links between body and place and the particular importance he attaches to community-based education: “It means educating yourself, but also acting in such a way that others educate themselves; it means producing invention; for me this is the ideal of the institution. It means both working for yourself and working for others. It is an interface between me and the world. This could be my definition of photography.”

Foreword by Quentin Bajac

Texts by Marc Pataut, Jean-François Chevrier, Stefano Chiodi, Marianne Dautrey and Pia Viewing


Publication date: June 2019
Paperback, 16.5 × 24 cm
192 pages, approx. 140 black & white and colour ill.
Bilingual French / English
Graphic design: David Poullard
ISBN: 978-2-35046-473-2

Co-edition: Jeu de Paume / Filigranes Éditions

Distribution: Pollen Diffusion

Price: €35

To buy the catalogue: www.librairiejeudepaume.org

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