Photo Op Social
L’amour toujours is the portrait of a city and its population revolving around a common theme; love and its social manifestation: the wedding.
L’amour toujours presents a gallery of portraits of men and women, bringing out their common dream of love. It mirrors the unions of individuals from every cultural, religious, and social background, all of them celebrated against the most suitable background: Paris.
The diversity of the couples reflects the exceptional cohabitation of cultures, which contributes to the richness of the city.
From one town hall to another, the weddings are hymns to love, the joyful, moving thread that runs through the city observed in its people and their desire to celebrate.
The exhibition features photos taken at various stages of 70 civil or religious weddings and domestic partnership (“pacs”) ceremonies. Images of bachelor and bachelorette parties are displayed alongside bridal preparations at home, key moments, moments of solitude and dancing at receptions.
To photograph is an act of love: we go towards each other to take take a photograph and show to the other person his image. Weddings are an ideal theme for a reportage. A wedding celebration is an occasion of sharing, to me that’s the true essence of the creative process and photography
Number of works: 102 B&W and color photographs
69 photographs • 50 cm x 70 cm (framed)
7 photographs • 113 cm x 153 cm (framed)
26 photographs • 70 cm x 100 cm (framed)
Frames: black wood
shortvideo Instants d’amour
directed by Pierre Schumacher
French with English subtitles
Gérard Uféras was born in Paris, where he currently lives. 1984: Gérard Uféras began contributing on a regular basis to the newspaper Libération, for which he did numerous reports and which organised his first exhibition.
He went on to publish regularly in Beaux-Arts, The Independent Magazine, Jardin des modes, Das Magazin, Marie-Claire, Madame Figaro, Le Monde, View Point, L’Officiel, L’Express, Io Donna, D:La Repubblica Delle Donne, Amica, Il Corriere della Sera, Paper Magazine, Another Magazine e Paris Match.
In 1986 Gérard Uféras took part in setting up the VU agency and in 1993 he joined the Rapho agency.
Alongside photojournalism, he did portraits, shot advertising campaigns and fashion series, and pursued his own personal research, which resulted in exhibitions in many countries. His photographs have been featured in numerous publications Dior, 30 avenue Montaigne, Paris d’Amour, Un pas vers les étoiles, Il Piccolo Teatro di Milano; Dés comme Dior and many others. His work has received a vast number of awards including a Word Press Photo and the Prix Villa Médicis hors les murs.and is found in the collections of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris, the Fonds National d’Art Contemporain, the Union centrale des arts décoratifs, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, the National Gallery in London, the Musée de l’Élysée in Lausanne, the Salzburg Festival in Austria, the Henkel Collection in Germany, the Photography Centre in Moscow.