Paris, Maison Europenne de la Photographie


As the former president and artistic director of Herms, Jean-Louis Dumas traveled the world on business. Everywhere he went, he took his Leica camera with him, snapping black-and-white photographs of the scenes that caught his eye. However, the fact that he was a skilled and passionate photographer was a little-known secret. For the first time, Dumas who is now 70 is finally seeing his work being exhibited, attracting the attention that it has long deserved.

The MEP has gathered together around 40 photographs that reveal Dumas's artistic talent and curiosity for the world around him. Many of the pictures were taken in India and Greece; others were taken in Jordan, the US and in France either in Paris or on holiday with his family. Classical in style, they follow in the reportage tradition and are close in spirit to that of Edouard Boubat. A two-volume book on Dumas's photography is being published by Steidl.

September 24 through October 26, 2008
Maison Europenne de la Photographie
5/7 rue de Fourcy
75004 Paris
T.+33 (0)1 44 78 75 00