Preservation and display of her negatives, contact plates and prints

The work of the French artist Agnès Varda bears witness to the evolution of society over seven decades, in work often marked by the question of time and territory.

Her independent character has kept her in the artistic spotlight throughout her career, with international renown. While her career as a filmmaker and visual artist is recognised, her photographic work remains to be explored. From the opening of her studio-laboratory on rue Daguerre in 1951, through her status as official pho- tographer of the Théâtre National Populaire from 1949 onwards, to her many personal projects, Agnès Varda never ceased to experiment with the different uses of the medium. 

By entrusting all of Agnès Varda’s negatives, contact sheets and contact prints at the Institut pour la photographie, her representatives demonstrate their desire to perpetuate her photographic work and to reveal its richness through research and exhibition projects.