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Archives of Bettina Rheims and Agnès Varda join the Lille Photography Institute


The IPP will host a fund comprising tens of thousands of phototypes, as well as a bequest of 25,000 pounds from a private collector.

The Institute for Photography (IPP), based in Lille, will soon host important archives from photographers Bettina Rheims, Jean-Louis Schoellkopf and Agnès Varda, including several tens of thousands of phototypes, as well as a bequest of 25,000 books from a private collector, the structure announced Wednesday.

“Since the creation of the project (of the IPP, initiated in 2017 by the Region with the Rencontres d'Arles Editor's note), we had announced a heritage mission: (...) the conservation of photographers' archives.

These are the first funds received in this context


the director of the Institute Anne Lacoste told AFP.

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These funds

"reflect the diversity of the fields of activity of photography"


"its technical evolution"

, the structure welcomes in a press release.

After having worked from collaborations and loans of works,

"we now have an internal resource for the development of our program of activities"

including exhibitions, publishing, cultural transmission and research, declares Anne Lacoste.

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Internationally renowned artist, Bettina Rheims entrusts IPP with

"all of her archives from negatives, contact sheets, Polaroids, reference and exhibition prints"

, i.e. more than 230,000 phototypes, to technical sheets, notes and publications.

The photographer also wishes to

"participate actively in the program of activities"

, indicates the Institute.

Jean-Louis Schoellkopf, specialized in documentary photography, deposits

“all of his negatives, ekhtachromes and contact sheets”

, ie more than 11,000 phototypes representing 30,000 images, as well as his paper archives.

40,000 images of Agnès Varda

The beneficiaries of the photographer and filmmaker Agnès Varda - figure of the New Wave who disappeared in March at the age of 90 - deposit

“all the negatives, contact sheets and contact prints” in

order to



“reveal the wealth”

of his photographic work, less known than his cinematographic career.


“between 35,000 and 40,000”

images, specifies Anne Lacoste.

The institute

"began an important inventory work, referencing, (...) until the transfer of funds to the Institute"

, located in the center of Lille.

An exhibition is scheduled from October 7 to December 5, before a closure for major work scheduled until fall 2023, she added.

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At the same time, the library, open to the public free of charge

"will become one of the ten world references for the history of photographic publishing thanks to the promise of donation (...) of more than 25,000 works from a


private collector"

, bequeathed gradually, in the form of annual endowments.

The collection includes

"monographic and thematic works, and many artists' books on an international scale"

including a section dedicated to Japanese photography.

Source: lefigaro

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