Master Class 2018

François Chevalフランソワ・シュヴァル 

History of Photography

4/7、4/8|10:00 – 18:00

French Institute 3F Salon
8 Yoshidaizumidono-Cho, Sakyo-Ward, Kyoto-City

Demonstration in front of the New Haven County Courthouse during Bobby Seale, Ericka Huggins trial, May 1st 1970 © Stephen Shames / Steven Kasher Gallery

Looking at today’s digital sphere, with its influx of visual information both in quality and quantity we need to consider how it will impact future generations. We must remain skeptical to media and keep questioning the images, the context, to ensure the most un-bias coverage. This masterclass provides various points of view, and demonstrates the tools to effectively anaylze images comprehensively. Covering the history of photography from the 19th century with the implementation of American ‘revisionism’ in the interwar period of Julien Levy to Alfred Stieglitz, ‘vintage’ with André Jammes, Helmut Gernsheim and Beaumont-Newhall and ‘revisionist’ historical elaboration through examples like Margaret Cameron and the Italian Paparazzi.

“Coming from history and ethnology I wasn’t ready as a museum curator for the political climate in 1970s when sectarian voices of right and left easily controlled the narratives and contexts of the political discourses. I decided I’d better stick with the principals of my academic backgrounds”, says Cheval.

© Olivier Panier des Touches
François Cheval
Born in 1954, Cheval has a background in history and ethnology. He has served as a museum curator since 1982, initially in the Jura and the Réunion before being named director of the musée Nicéphore Niépce in Chalon-sur-Saône in 1996. Cheval strives to rid photography of its old presumptions and to resent photographic originality through new forms of museology and revitalized discourse. Most significantly, he has both curated noteworthy retrospectives of photographers such as Denis Roche, John Batho, Gérard Collin-Thiébaut, Peter Knapp, Mac Adams, and Raoul Coutard, and has been a resolute champion of emerging photographers such as Elina Brotherus, JH Engström, Claire Chevrier, Antoine d’Agata, Charles Fréger, and Raphaël Dallaporta.


4/7, 4/8|10:00 – 18:00
*Please arrive 15 minutes early.
French Institute 3F Salon
(8 Yoshidaizumidono-Cho, Sakyo-Ward, Kyoto-City)
French with Japanese Translation
Participants bring their favorite photobook.
¥18,000 tax incl. (including lunches at Le Cafe)
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Deposit to:
The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd.
Demachi Branch(Branch Number 506) Saving Account 0120577
Account Holder シヤダンホウジンキヨウトグラフイー

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