"Marguerite Duras par Hélène Bamberger" Exhibition

Cultural Services of the Embassy of France

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Hélène Bamberger took photographs of Marguerite Duras during the summers they spent together in Trouville, Normandy, from 1980 to 1994. These images tell the story of Duras and depict her haunts, her worktable, her room, the skies of Normandy, her lover Yann Andréa…

“When I first met Marguerite, I had never read any Duras. It was only afterwards that I read her. We got on so well right from the very beginning; we started our road trips in my father’s car, a rusty old Peugeot. I was the one who drove during the summer of 1980; in the years that followed it was Yann. We would go wherever she wanted. Each place had a different name and a story of its own: the bridge at Tancarville crossed the Mekong; the salt-meadows became rice-fields; we drove through “the forests of Canada”… I took photos from the start; often she would direct my efforts and occasionally would put herself in the frame. Before I got to know her, the idea of photographing a landscape would never have entered my head, much less a puddle of water.” - Hélène Bamberger

Since the late 70s, Hélène Bamberger has worked as a photojournalist and she co-founded the Odyssey Agency in 1982. From 1980 to 1994, she made an impressive series of portraits that covers almost fifteen years of Marguerite Duras’s life, representing the most thorough photographic essay on the author. Her work is regularly featured in magazines such as Elle, Marie-Claire, Le Figaro, National Geographic France, Der Spiegel…

[Image: Marguerite Duras "Hall des Roches Noires, Trouville" (1982) © Hélène Bamberger]



from February 18, 2010 to March 18, 2010

Opening Reception on 2010-02-17 from 19:30 to 21:00
Prior to the exhibition opening is a reading of Duras's works by Kathleen Chalfant and William Nadylam from 6:30-7:30pm.

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