Charlotte Perriand

Besides her amazing contribution to the history of architecture and design Charlotte Perriand held also a unique role in the panorama of fine art photography. The exhibition reveals her incredible potential in the use of photographic language. Her still life, collages, street scenes, landscapes and even her visual notes, show the exceptional perspective that Charlotte Perriand - a free spirit and a modern woman - used to picture the world. Her photographs tell us a story of experimentation, inspired by the desire to get to the essence of reality, objects or atmospheres and prove that the motivations behind her choices were always a step ahead. Her photographic works often enclosed seminal ideas that sometimes developed into her design pieces. Other times she used to create skilfully staged self-portraits that highlighted her open, independent character, far from commonplaces.

All images © Archives Charlotte Perriand

number of works 60 black and white photographs
print sizes various sizes, from 35x50 cm to 102x137 cm
frames various sizes, black wood
catalogue Charlotte Perriand et la photographie. L’Œil en eventail, 5 Continents Editions, 2011, French and English, 368 pages
curator Enrica Viganò
in collaboration with Archives Charlotte Perriand