Documenting Paris is a group exhibition and multiple publication launch hosted by the Retramp Gallery, Berlin on Friday 26 July 2019. The event will showcase Paris based work from photographers Marc Vallée, BadYear85, Thomas Von Wittich and Émilie Désir. Graffiti writers, Paris street life, train surfers and political dissent. All four artists will be attending the event and will be available to sign zines, photobooks and prints.
Marc Vallée is a London-based documentary photographer whose work is focused on contemporary youth culture within the context of the neoliberal city. Marc’s zines, photobooks and prints are held in public and private collections including Tate Britain, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Museum of London and the Martin Parr Foundation.
Marc will be showcasing his latest publication Down and Up in Paris which follows a lone graffiti writer painting the city over one night. This will be the Berlin launch of the zine and Marc will also present a photographic installation of images from the zine in the group exhibition.
BadYear85 is a Paris-based photographer and co-founder of the independent publishing house « Editions Nuit Noire ».
B.Y.85 will be showcasing a handmade zine « Ici c’est Paris ! » which brings together a collection of black & white photographs of the French capital. Through the publication we see his daily life on the streets of the city which testifies to a unique singular atmosphere that is Paris. He will also present a selection of images from the zine in the group exhibition.
Thomas Von Wittich is a German reportage photographer currently based in Paris whose work is focused on documenting the urban art scene of the city. He is best know for his Berlin Kidz series Adrenaline that documented the ‘infamous, fearless, even crazy’ Berlin graffiti crew.
Thomas will be will showcasing a selection of unpublished pictures of the Paris graffiti and train surfing scene in the group exhibition.
Émilie Désir is a Paris-based photographer who is currently focused on documenting the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ protests in Paris. Her recent publications include Genesis Lacrima published by « Editions Nuit Noire » and the self-published Marbre, 322.1.
Émilie will be showcasing the ‘Gilets Jaunes’ images along with graffiti and Paris street life. Émilie will be launching a zine of these images plus she will also present a selection from the zine in the group exhibition.