Portrait(s) festival in Vichy


Björk. © Benni Valsson. Courtesy agence Modds

This year Portrait(s) celebrates its fifth anniversary in Vichy with ten exhibitions celebrating different approaches to portrait photography. Highlights at the Centre Culturel Valery-Larbaud include American photojournalist Stephen Shames’s documentation of the Black Panther party in the 1970s, and Swedish photographer Christer Strömholm’s documentation of the transsexual community of Place Blanche, besides the Moulin Rouge in Paris, in the 1950s. Meanwhile a new series of portraits of Vichy’s young inhabitants by Portuguese photographer Sandra Rocha, who has been on residency in the city, will be on show at Place Saint-Blaise, and, on the picturesque shores of Lac d’Allier, Chinese performance artist Liu Bolin – also known as “the Invisible Man” – will be disappearing into the backgrounds of his own trompe-l’oeil images.

More information at: Ville de Vichy