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SOLO EXHIBITIONS

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50 solo exhibitions on the theme of jazz

The Modern Art Gallery - Taiwan, The Accton Art Foundation Taiwan, Blue Note Festival Drugstore Publicis, 

La Grande Halle de la Villette, Château de Candé - Touraine, Galerie chambre claire - Annecy, 

Galerie 14 Toucy, Louis Vuitton Nagoya Sakae Japan, Laboratoire Dupon Montmartre, Le Lutetia Paris, 

Louis Vuitton Atlanta USA, Louis Vuitton Short hills New Jersey USA, UNESCO Paris, …

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RECENT PROJECTS 

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Aperture Gallery New York - What matters now? Exhibition in progress. Deborah Willis.
Louis Vuitton Short Hills New Jersey - USA. Permanent exhibitions.
Laboratoire DUPON Montmartre Paris. "Jazz, The Sound of New York". Solo exhibitions.

Louis Vuitton Atlanta Georgia - USA. Permanent exhibitions.
The Modern Art Gallery - Taiwan. Solo exhibitions.

Louis Vuitton, Nagoya Sakae - Japan. Permanent exhibitions.
New York University - Tisch Buildind "Posing Beauty in African American Culture".
Visa pour l'Image 2009 / 21ème Festival International du Photo-journalisme
CORBIS Agency, projections "Le Jazz fête ses 100 ans".
Galerie chambre claire, Annecy. Solo exhibitions.
California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA "Let Your Motto Be Resistance".
Dorothy's Gallery, Paris. "Art & Music"
Centre d'animation Vercingétorix - Paris. "Jazz à New York"
Galerie 14 - Dominique et Ricky Ford, Toucy en Bourgogne. "L’habitat traditionnel Lobi, Burkina Faso"
Centre d'animation Marc Sangnier - Paris. "Jazz à New York"
New Morning, Paris. Permanent exhibitions.
Galerie 14 - Dominique et Ricky Ford, Toucy en Bourgogne. "Plénitude"
Galerie Evolution Pierre Cardin, ArtAuction / Laboratoire DUPON. 
Photographies Contemporaines 120x120cm

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GROUP EXHIBITIONS

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UNESCO - Paris

Solo exhibition "Jazz, The Sound of New York" with 

the collection of the National Museum of American History, 

Smithsonian Institution - Washington D.C.

Works of Herman Leonard, William P. Gottlieb...

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" Posing Beauty in African American Culture "

African American Images from the 1890's to the Present.
Curator : Deborah Willis. 

Works of James VanDerZee, Robert Mapplethorpe, 

Seydou Keita, Weegee, Gordon Parks, Bruce Davidson, Cecil Beaton, Man Ray …

 

2009 - New York University - Tisch Building, New York.
2010 - Art Gallery of Hamilton - Hamilton Ontario, Canada.
2010 - Williams College Museum of Art Williamstown, MA
2011 - Newark Museum Newark, NJ
2011 - USC Fisher Museum of Art - Los Angeles, CA 

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« New On The Wall » Portland Art Museum, Oregon - USA  

The Adams Foyer and Copeland Gallery - 2008

Curator : Terry Toedtemeier. 

Works of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Elliott Erwitt... 

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« Let Your Motto Be Resistance : African American Portraits »

National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington D.C

Collection of the National Portrait Gallery.

Curator : Deborah Willis. 

Works of Berenice Abbott, James VanDerZee, Edward Weston, Gordon Parks, 

Irving Penn, Carl Van Vechten... Curator Deborah Willis. 

 

2007 - International Center of Photography, New York.
2008 - National Portrait Gallery, Washington D.C
2009 - California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA
2009 - Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, Detroit, MI
2009 - Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
2009 - Morven Museum & Garden, Princeton, NJ
2009 - Museum of African American History, Boston, MA
2010 - Atlanta History Center, Atlanta GA.
2010 - Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham, AL

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« A History of Photography » The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA - USA

The american civil war, the civil rights movement

Curator : Brooks Johnson

Works of Gustave Hergaux, Otto Steinert, Abelardo Morell, Roy DeCarava...

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« Photographies Contemporaines 120X120cm » 

AuctionArt / DUPON Laboratoire.

2008 - Galerie Evolution / Pierre Cardin, Paris

Works of Olivier Föllmi, Guy Le Querrec, Stanley Greene, Hans Silvester, William Klein...

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 « Jazz Hors Scène » organized by ANJRPC
Works of Sabine Weiss, Williams Klein,Jean-Pierre Leloir, Jean-Loup Sieff, Henri Cartier-Bresson…
La Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris.

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COLLECTIONS

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Modern Art Gallery - Taiwan 

The Detroit Institute of Arts - USA 

The Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence, KS - USA

Saint Louis Art Museum - USA

The Library of Congress, Washington D.C 

The Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk VA - USA

Musée de L'Elysée, Lausanne - Switzerland

Portland Art Museum, OR - USA

The National Portrait Gallery, London

Bibliothèque Nationale de France - Paris

National Museum of African American History and Culture,
Smithsonian Institution - Washington D.C.

The National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution - Washington D.C

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EDITIONS - Group projects

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" Posing Beauty in African American Culture "

African American Images from the 1890's to the Present. Deborah Willis.
 Edition : W W Norton & Company Inc

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" Let Your Motto Be Resistance : African American Portraits ". Deborah Willis.
Smithsonian Books Editions / National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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"Jazz en Suite " Franck Médioni. 
Editions du Garde-temps.

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COLLECTION GELATIN SILVER PRINTS

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The prints are made by the author on fiber base paper in traditional process.
Signed and stamped on the front, numbered, printed in limited edition.  

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16x20 in. / 40x50cm - Edition of 25

16x20 in. / 50x60cm - Edition of 15

50x50 in. / 100x100cm - Edition of 5
Large
formats are formats are printed by Alain Allanic and Pascal Saurin at DUPON Laboratory Paris.

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PRESS

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The collection is distributed worlwide by Corbis Agency - New York..

 For France : Jazz News, Le Monde Magazine, L'Express, le Nouvel Obs, Jazz Hot, Jazzman, Télérama,...

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BIOGRAPHY

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Philippe Lévy-Stab lives and works in Paris.  

Born in 1967, he linked photography to Jazz at the age of 15.

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A graduate with merit in visual communications from the French School of Technical Education, he has a CAP (Certificat d’Aptitude Professionnelle) in photography with an option in Laboratory. He spent three years as assistant to the renowned photographer Olivier Paris, a specialist in shots of jewellery and top brand cars.

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Since 1985 he has taken portraits of his idols, namely Art Blakey, Woody Shaw, Curtis Fuller, Dizzy Gillespie, Freddie Hubbard… His work based on Jazz and its artists has continued ever since. 

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In 1989, he opened his studio in the Rue de la Jonquière in Paris where he has not only welcomed jazzmen but also great French classical soloists.

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Alongside his art photography work, cinema directors Gérard Krawczyk, Luc Besson, Catherine Breillat, Bernard Stora, Richard Berry… have called on him as set photographer for his aestheticism, precision and discretion.

In June 2001, he opened his gallery in Rue Leneveux in Paris, where his work on Nature and Jazz are permanently exhibited.  

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Philippe Lévy-Stab has had some fifty personal exhibitions and taken part in several collective shows alongside photography’s greatest names : William Klein, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sabine Weiss, Jean-Pierre Leloir, Jean-Loup Sieff, Roy DeCarava…  

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Today he brings the art of photography to that of Jazz, with portraits of the artists that symbolize this music. Via the spectacular black and white prints that he develops himself, Philippe Lévy-Stab expresses his admiration, his passion and his talent.  

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His photographs may be found in the permanent collections of the most prestigious international museums and photographic institutions.  

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 - Copyright PHILIPPE LEVY-STAB

James Brown. Paris, 2002.

20 x 24" / 50 x 60 cm

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Could the inventors of photography, Niepce and Daguerre, ever have imagined that their successors, photographers, would over time not only perfection the processes of reproducing objects and people, but in some way sign their work with such strong characteristic styles that, in a given context, the photograph suggests as clearly the name of the photographer… as that of the person photographed.  

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For a connoisseur, a photo by Leloir, Bibbs, Herman Leonard, is as unmistakably signed as might be a solo by Louis Armstrong, Dizzy Gillespie, Coleman Hawkins or Lester Young…     

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A young photographer, Philippe Lévy-Stab, is the worthy disciple of those named above. His photos carry his signature as plainly as his subject is designated.  

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They will all grab your attention, but a long time hence, the images that Philippe Lévy-Stab conjured up one fine day of Ernie Barnes, Jon Faddis, Tom Harrel, Bobby Hutcherson, Harold Mabern… will remain in your memory and your imagination.

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Maurice CULLAZ

(1912-2000)

Journalist, Producer for Radio France,

Co-founder in 1935 of the magazine Jazz Hot,

President of  the "Académie du Jazz"

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“Nothing is too good for Maurice… he fought for us when it wasn’t the trend” James Brown.

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序言--菲利浦雷維史達

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  喜歡聽爵士樂很多,懂得聽爵士樂的人也不少,但是 爵士樂呢?音樂是無形的,是飄揚在空中的音符,音樂如何成為看得見的影像?什麼又才是爵士樂的影像?

  攝影師菲利浦雷維史達找到了答案:他捕捉爵士樂手演奏時全力付出、渾然忘我的陶醉神情,剎那永恆,使樂手群像成為爵士視覺表徵。

  其實無需再強調菲利浦雷維史達技術層面上的優異表現,他對光線及構圖技巧精準掌握,早已讓他在攝影界佔了一席之地。但我認為他的作品之所以能帶給觀賞者一種無名的感動,乃是在於他有時像仰慕者充滿愛意,有時又像爵士樂手多年好友般默契十足,加上攝影師天生的敏銳,心意與技術相結合才能攝下這一幕幕動人真摯的畫面。

  菲利浦雷維史達的構圖精簡,喜在深色背景之上突顯主題人物。如果艾爾曼里歐納致力在作品中捕捉樂手與觀眾的熱情互動;菲利浦雷維史達則成功地讓觀賞者進入主題人物的內心世界,彷彿與之展開一次面對面的私密談話。頓時,周圍只有我、他與爵士樂

社會學家皮耶布迪厄曾說:攝影的功用之一是填補人們記憶中心靈視覺經驗的空缺。在菲利浦雷維史達的攝影裡,畫面就是一種視覺經驗;感動就是一種心靈經驗。沒有空缺,而是創造。  

 

 

The Modern Art Gallery - Taiwan

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Music lovers love to listen to Jazz, true connoisseurs love to hear the Jazz… But if vision takes the place of hearing, could our eyes ‘look at’ Jazz? Music is virtual, the vibration of air. How can it be visualised? What is the image of music?

Philippe Lévy-Stab brings us his answer to this question, the answer of a photographer; the artists that have given their bodies and souls to Jazz are those that best symbolize this music.

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There is no need to sing the praises of Philippe Lévy-Stab’s technical skill here, nor of his perfect control of light and his unique shots that are a veritable photographical feat. On the other hand, I feel the need to say how the emotion and strength of his work as a portrait artist come from his love of music and his admiration for musicians. With this passion and complicity he captures these intense moments of movement and expression.

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Herman Léonard shows musicians in touch with their audience and surroundings. Philippe Lévy-Stab brings us to an intimate tête-à-tête with the artist, far from the swarming crowds of the heaving clubs… Just the jazzman, his music and me.  

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Pierre Bourdieu put forward the idea that photography serves to fill the emptiness in man’s memories and experiences. That of Philippe Lévy-Stab is plentiful in itself, its image creating the most precious of memories and its spectacle the most memorable of experiences.

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Shih Li-Jen

Director, The Modern Art Gallery - Taiwan

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