On March 18, the 8th International Festival of Photography – the Moscow Photo-biennale opens. This takes place every second year, and is dedicated to a particular theme, which this year is: ‘Vive la France!’ and ‘Retrospectives and Prospectives’.
The Moscow House of Photography has always worked closely with French photographic institutions and festivals: Maison Europeenne de la Photographie or Paris Photo for example, with the support of which many exhibitions were organised in Moscow, including the memorable expositions of Brassai or Lumiere brothers’ works in colour. But there was also a politico-social base for that: this year is the year of France in Russia and vice versa: in France, receptions are being organised for Russian museums and artists.
One of the highlights of the retrospectives part of the exhibition will be a show of rare works by Henri Cartier-Bresson and his Belgian wife, Martine Franck.
There are also some works by Elliott Erwitt in the exhibition, and some special projects dedicated to the 40th jubilee of the Rencontres d’Arles festival held annually in France. The ‘Prospectives’ section consists of the work of several young photographers from Château d’Eau Gallery. The festival will last till May 15. Look for the schedule of the Photo-Biennale’s numerous exhibitions in more than thirty venues at www.passportmagazine.ru.
March 18 – May 15