L’Été des portraits is a huge biennial outdoor portrait photography exhibition in France (whew! deep breath!) in a tiny town called Bourbon-Lancy.
Huge, as in ~360 photographers’ work on display; photographers from all over France, plus more from around Europe, plus a small smattering from elsewhere in the world. Huge, as in it took hours and hours to look at everyone’s work, and by the time we found my photo in the exhibition it was nearly evening.
1,295 portraits on display, in a town with a population of approximately 5,000 people!
I’m honored to be one of the photographers on exhibit this year.
And also lucky to have been able to go see it in person! Though it’s an international exhibition, due to pandemic restrictions the crowd at this year’s opening event was small, and mostly from metropolitan France.
It’s always exciting to see my work in print and on display, and this was no exception! And it was lovely to see the work of other photographers whom I’ve gotten to know through my local branch of the French Federation of Photography and Visual Work (FFPMI).
A big thanks to L’été des portraits for including my photography in this biennial exhibition!
The show will be up until the end of October 2021. If you happen to find yourself in the vicinity of Bourbon-Lancy, I’d recommend taking some time to walk around!
The Île-de-France chapter of FFPMI published a writeup of the event on their blog, which you can click here to read (in French). They focus on the professional photographers in greater Paris who participated, and they include lots of photos from the exhibition!
You can also learn more at the Été des Portraits website, and stay tuned for a future portrait photography exhibition in France—they do one every two years!