4/7/11 - 5/22/11
Galerie Azzedine Alaïa, Paris
April 7 – May 22, 2011
18 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004 Paris
+33 1 42 72 19 19
What are young photographers up to in the twenty-first century? How do they see the
world? How much do they respect, build on, or reject tradition? As the digital revolution
continues its relentless advance, demolishing longstanding practices in every domain of
our field, curiosity builds as to how the new generation of photographers will react. Will
some remain in the darkroom, or will they all migrate to the digital lab? The reGeneration
project – the broadest and most enterprising survey of its kind – set out in 2005 to discover
answers to these intriguing questions, previewing the work of young photographers who
may well emerge as some of the finest artists of their generation. Following on from the
success of this exhibition shown in ten different cities across North America, Europe and
Asia, this second edition turns the spotlight on up-and-coming talents from 30 countries.
Curators at the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne selected the most promising candidates
from some 700 entries submitted by 120 of the world’s top photography schools.
reGeneration2 showcases the inspiring creativity and ingenuity of 80 photographers about
to begin a career. Together, they represent 48 photography and art schools from 25
different countries. The resulting exhibition reveals the flexibility of young photographers
as they pass fluidly from one genre to another, and/or one technique to another.
Impressive also is their mobility, as a European studies in China, a Japanese studies in
the US, and a Peruvian in Europe. These youthful practitioners of extraordinary talent are
already well on their way to making their mark.