Through its support to photography, Imerys wishes to express its social responsibility and promote access to culture and diversity.
Whether professional photographers depicting the history of minerals or amateur photographers immortalizing the Group social initiatives, minerals, men who transform them and their environment are an endless source of inspiration. Photographic competitions are organized to promote various initiatives done with the sites’ local communities, as in Brazil with the project Expedição Imerys.
The partnership with the RMN-Grand Palais (Paris) initiated in 2016, to accompany the museum on its photography exhibitions reflects Imerys’ interest in photography - art accessible to the greatest number and ever lasting source of inspiration to show the world around us.
2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. This exhibition is the first major retrospective of the American artist’s work in France since his death. It looks back over his seventy-year career, with more than 235 photographic prints, all produced by the artist himself. The Irving Penn exhibition offers a comprehensive vision of the range of genres he worked in: fashion, still life, portraits, nudes, beauty, cigarettes and debris.
With his fine arts background, Irving Penn developed a body of visual work that is defined by its elegant simplicity, a taste for minimalism and an astonishing rigour. After the war, his work moved from the street to the studio, which became the exclusive location of his sittings for the remainder of his career. Celebrated for its portraits of artists, working for Vogue magazine, Penn went on to become a genuine master in the field of fashion photography, producing several of the greatest photographic icons of the 20th century.
The first photo exhibition related to Imerys’ partnership has honored the work of Seydou Keïta (1921-2001), now considered one of the greatest photographers of the second half of the twentieth century. Showing off his subjects to their best advantage, his mastery of framing and light, and the modernity and inventiveness of his compositions ,all earned him a huge success. He retired in 1977 after having been the official photographer of a Mali that had become independent. His work constitutes an exceptional testimony to the Malian society of his time. Exhibition organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais with the collaboration of the Contemporary African Art Collection (CAAC) – The Pigozzi Collection.