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Jane Evelyn Atwood
Around Pigalle

  • France
  • fr
  • en
  • 27'
Jane Evelyn Atwood | Around Pigalle


As she prepares to publish her book "Pigalle People" and presents one of her major exhibitions “Histoires de Prostitution”, Jane Evelyn Atwood delves into her archives of the 1970s, the period when she photographed the prostitutes and transsexuals in Paris Les Halles and Pigalle districts. For four years, she captured their everyday lives and intimate moments. From the photo lab, where she prints her images, to the printing of the book and the exhibition opening, she discusses her encounters and the connections made on the street which accompany her still.

What you will learn in this film…

Photographer Jane Evelyn Atwood’s story • Her work prior to the selecting of images • The work print • Two interpretations of a photographic print • The photographer checking proofs as they come off the press• The machine proofs • Slices of prostitutes’ lives• Jane Evelyn Atwood’s decisive encounters • The cameras used for her series on prostitutes• The influence of Diane Arbus at the beginning • Leonard Freed’s support • The bonds she formed with the people she photographed  • Hanging her exhibition

Why photograph that specific moment? It’s an impulse, it comes from my mind, it comes from the light, the lack of light. It comes from all sorts of things.

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Further exploration


Materiel used


• PIGALLE PEOPLE, 1978-1979 - artist and author: Jane Evelyn Atwood ; 2018 ; Le Bec en L'Air ; French and English 

• RUE DES LOMBARDS - artist and author: Jane Evelyn Atwood ; 2011 ; Editions Xavier Barral ;  English 

• JANE EVELYN ATWOOD PHOTO POCHE #125 - author: Catherine Chaine ; 2010 ; Centre National de la Photographie ; French 

• HAÏTI - artist: Jane Evelyn Atwood ; author: Lyonel Trouillot ; 2008 ; Actes Sud ; French

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