10 september - 10 novembre 2010
Polka Galerie

La vie en face

Peter Lindbergh, Stanley Greene, William Daniels, Mi Zhou, Alain Loison

Peter Lindbergh, and women.

Internationally well-known magazines from American VOGUE to French ELLE made him the greatest fashion photographer... who doesn’t picture fashion. Peter Lindbergh immortalizes women as they are, without any lies. His eye on their beauty propelled the greatest models on the front scene before they became famous.
On the occasion of his great exhibition at Berlin’s C/O, starting on September 25th, Polka Galerie welcomes this unquestioned master of photography. Twenty-one of his prints are presented in a retrospective that comprises the well-known portraits of Kate Moss, Milla Jovovich, Linda Evangelista and Jeanne Moreau... - all those pic- tures that have travelled around the world. Also presented are less famous prints showing the love and respect of the photographer towards women, their body, their outlines, their elegance and their sensuality. 

Stanley Greene, Hell and Reality.

Born in New York City in 1949, Stanley Greene, a former Black Panther, took part in the creation of Noor Agency by specializing in photographic essay as a kind on its own. The photographer has already won three World Press Awards. Polka Galerie is pleased to present his work for the second time.
For this new exhibition, Polka Galerie chose to show ten of the prints, that he realised in Haïti last July, only six months after the earthquake – these are colour photographs, testifying of the horror lived by the ones who survived. In this series, the photographer captures with humanity the reality and the daily life of the survivors. The exhibition continues with ten other prints from his successful book Black Passport (2009). Emblematic prints, ranging from Africa to Chechnya, and including Israel. Photographs that remind us the work and talent of Stanley Greene, this outstanding war photographer who has only one goal: photograph to never forget.


The 10th release of Polka, “Facing Life”, also presents the work of Brenda Ann Kenneally, portraits of American women confined in social misery; that of Mi Zhou, a Chinese photographer who lives in San Francisco, with black and white panoramic prints taken on one of the craziest festival in the United States of America, “Burning Man”. Are also presented never-before-seen pictures of Steve McQueen by Alain Loison and a report on Kyrgyzstan, a neglected country, by William Daniels.

All along the year, SFR Jeunes Talents (for Young Talents) organizes contests in partnership with the greatest cultural events. The Grand Prix SFR Jeunes Talents Photo rewards one young talent among all the winners of these contests. François Régis Durand is the 2010 Grand Prix SFR Jeunes Talents Photo, 5 prints from his series “Madagascar” are exhibited at Polka Galerie.