Germaine Krull Retrospective

The Jeu du Paume exhibition “Germaine Krull (1897-1985) A Photographer’s Journey” is a retrospective of one of the 20th century’s most remarkable women photographers. From her early Berlin nudes to fashion for Sonia Delaunay to photojournalism with Paris magazines to her last photo book “Tibetans in India” the exhibit traces Krull’s amazing life story .

Although not well-known to the general public, Krull was an important figure with the modernists avant-garde scene from 1920 to 1940 and a pioneer of modern photojournalism with her use of unusual shooting angles and techniques. She is credited with making the first photo-novel  “La Folle d’Itteville” in collaboration with Georges Simenon.

The exhibition focuses on the time she spent in Paris (1926-1935) and more precisely on the years of intense activity between 1928 and 1933. It includes vintage prints along with copies of magazines —VU, Variétés,  L’Art vivant— and books —Métal (1928), 100 X Paris (1929), Études de nu (1930), — putting her work in the context of the times.

Germaine Krull, Un Destin de Photographe, to Sept 27, 2015. Jeu de Paume, Place Concorde, Paris


Photo caption: Autoportrait à l’Icarette, Vers 1925. Germaine Krull. © Estate Germaine Krull, Museum Folkwang, Essen. Photo : © Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / image Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI