Paris Photo 2021: Highlights

Reading Time: 4 minutes Following a lively weekend of artist talks, gallery shows and programmes, Anna Sansom spotlights five standouts from the fair

15 November 2021

Me, Myself & I

Reading Time: 8 minutes Adopting a variety of guises and costumes, Samuel Fosso has spent a lifetime subverting cultural stereotypes with his performative self-portraits

3 May 2020

Edgar Martins: Inside Out

Reading Time: 6 minutes Edgar Martins’ latest two-part book contemplates the emotional impact of incarceration on prisoners and their families

30 October 2019

Portraits of the detained by Bettina Rheims

Reading Time: 6 minutes Photographs of women prisoners typically depict them in their cells, behind bars, their femininity stripped away. In contrast to this, French photographer Bettina Rheims has made a series of studio-like portraits of women in four jails across France, images that seek to restore and capture the feminine aspect of their identity. Titled Détenues [Detained], the series comprises 68 frontal portraits shot against white walls in Autumn 2014, and is currently on show in the chapel of Château de Vincennes – a former royal castle near Paris, that housed ‘women of ill repute’ in the 18th and 19th centuries. The exhibition is accompanied by a book, published by Gallimard.

21 March 2018