Pierre de Fenoÿl

Born in 1945 - France


Pierre Fenoyl was born on July 14, 1945 in the Rhone region in France. From a young age, passionate about photography, he worked as an archivist-photographer for news agencies Dalmas and Holmès-Lebel, then as a photo editor for the Rencontre publishing house. At the age of 20, he became Henri Cartier-Bresson's archivist. From 1966 to 1968, he was in charge of Magnum agency's archives.

He founded the following year, with Charles-Henri Favrod, the first photography gallery in Paris, Rencontre, and was the curator of several exhibitions (Brassai, Tony Ray-Jones , Martine Franck, Gianni Berengo Gradin, Guy Le Querrec, Tom Drahos, Richard Kalvar, Jean-Noel Reichel,
L'Inde by Edouard Boubat, Rene Burri, Magnum, Alain Perceval etc.). He plays an important role in the efforts for the recognition of Jacques-Henri Lartigue's work and in the creation of the Vu agency, before becoming corresponding new Yorkers of Photo-Magazine, and works as an art buyer for Publicis.

At the age of thirty, he is the first director of the National Foundation of Photography, created in Paris, and then, in 1978, he becomes the director of the photography section at the Georges-Pompidou Center, where he devoted himself especially to the promotion of photography as an independent means of expression. He organized numerous exhibitions and published severalanthologies: in 1979, the first photographic album of the Pompidou Center, for a collection which unfortunately did not survive; in 1982, Chefs-d’oeuvre des photographes anonymes au XIXe siècle - Masterpieces by anonymous photographers in the 19th century.

In 1984, winner of the Villa Medici grant, he travels to Egypt and his photos are presented at the Georges Pompidou Center. He withdraws, with his wife and two children, to Castelnau-de-Montmiral, in the Tarn department in France, where he produces, for the DATAR photographic mission, an exploration of the landscape in the Southwest of France. His photographs capture the subtle dialogues between the folds of the land, the houses, the plants, and create a mysterious harmony between the ground and the sky, in beautiful horizontal compositions.

The same charm can be found in his Egyptian pictures that captured history's most legendary monuments.
Beyond the brutal circumstances of his disappearance, Pierre Fenoyl is, among contemporary photographers, one of the most talented representatives of what is called in the US "Straight photography".

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“La Photographie en 100 Chef-d’oeuvres”, BNF, Paris (France)
“Le miroir traverse”, galerie Le Réverbère, Lyon (France)

“Abstractions”, Galerie le Voleur d’Images, Paris (France)
“Indianscope, l’Inde intemporelle dans l’Inde d’aujourd’hui”, Exposition collective

Maison de la Photographie de Lille (France)

“Vues de Paris du caroussel du Louvre à la place de la Concorde”, dans le cadre du Parcours Privé du salon Paris-Photo, Hôtel Le Faubourg (France)

Exposition sur l’année égyptienne, Hôtel Scribe, Paris (France)

“L’espace reconverti”, Chapelle de l’Hôtel-Dieu, Dreux, FRAC et DRAC Centre (France)
“L’espace reconverti”, Musée de Pithiviers, FRAC Centre (France)
“Portraits du temps - Pierre de Fenoÿl”, Galerie-Musée Mossa, Nice (France)

“Pierre de Fenoÿl, Chronophotographies”, Institut français, Freiburg (Germany)

“Pierre de Fenoÿl, Rétrospective”, Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Artothèque Grenoble (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Galeries Pablo Picasso, Denain (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Syndicat d’initiative de Castelnau-de-Montmiral (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Galerie municipale du Château d’eau, Toulouse (France)
“Égypte chambre noire”, Société Photographique Albert Moitessier et Association Cultures et Peuples de la Méditerranée, Montpellier (France)
“Pierre de Fenoÿl, Chronophotographies”, Héliopolis, Centre Culturel Français du Caire (Egypt)
“Pierre de Fenoÿl, cinq ans après”, Musée de l’Elysée, Lausanne (Switzerland)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, the Museum of Fine Art’s Houston (USA)
“Photographie française : la décennie créative 1980-1990”, Collections de la Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography, Tokyo (Japan)

“Hommage à l’ami”, Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne, Arles (France)
“20 ans de photographie créative en France, 1968/1988”, Département culturel de Bayer, Leverkusen (Germany)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Maison Municipale de La Rochelle (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Espace Culturel du Pin Galant, Mérignac (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Galerie AMC, Mulhouse (France)
Collection arlésienne, Galerie Aréna, Arles (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, photographies, Musée Arthur Batut, Labruguière, Moulins Albigeoi, Albi, Conseil Général du Tarn (France)
“La photographie française en liberté”, International Center of Photography de New York (USA)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Comédie de Caen Théâtre d’Hérouville (France)

“Itinéraire”, Musée de l’Élysée, Lausanne (Switzerland)
“Itinéraire”, Paris Audiovisuel, Forum des Halles, Paris (France)
“Photographie actuelle en France”, Galerie municipale du Château d’eau, Toulouse
“Art or Nature”, Barbican Art Gallery, Londres (UK)
Artothèque, Acquisitions 1985-1987, Galerie municipale du Château d’eau, Toulouse (France)
“Voyageurs et géographes”, Châteauroux (France)
“Traces et pas”, Lorient (France)

“La Ruée vers l’art”, Galerie Arena, Arles (France)
“Paysages photographies”, La Mission photographique de la Datar, Travaux en cours 1984/85, Fondation Nationale de la Photographie, Lyon (France)
“Paysages/Photographies”, Sala da Balo di Palazzo Clerici, Milan (Italy)
“Pierre de Fenoÿl, Photographe et Phototypiste”, Galerie Arena, Arles (France)
“Itinéraire”, Espace photographique de la Ville de Paris (France)
“Pierre de Fenoÿl, Photographies”, Centre genevois de gravure contemporaine, Geneva (Switzerland)

“Adjusted Realities”, Atlanta (USA)
“Pierre de Fenoÿl, Chronophotographiques”, Galerie Colbert, Paris (France)
“Ben, Claude Courtecuisse, Pierre de Fenoÿl”, Cimaise et portique, Gaillac (France)
Pierre de Fenoÿl, Galerie Texbraun, Paris (France)

“L’Égypte”, Musée Municipal de Fécamp (France)
“Sidérations”, Centre de Création Contemporaine, Tours, Liège et Rome
“Atelier Polaroïd”, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)
L”a Mission photographique de la Datar, Travaux en cours”, Palais de Tokyo, Paris et Manufacture des tabacs de Nantes (France)

“La piste égyptienne”, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris (France)
“Photographie contemporaine en France”, Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges-Pompidou, Paris (France)

“Pierre de Fenoÿl”, Galerie Texbraun, Paris (France)
“Photographie France aujourd’hui”, Musée d’art moderne de la ville, Paris (France)

Pierre de Fenoÿl, Galerie de France, Paris (France)
“Autoportraits”, Musée national d’art moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (France)
“La photographie française, 1945-1980”, Galerie Zabriskie, Paris (France)

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