30 March 2022
Love Songs exhibition 

The MEP presents, the collective exhibition Love Songs, a new perspective on the photography history through the prism of romantic relationships which brings together 14 series made by the greatest photographers of the 20th and 21st centuries. For the occasion, the MEP gathered masterpieces from its collections as well as loans from major contemporary artists, some of whom are presented for the first time in Europe. 

Love Songsis above all a reflection on the photographic act in the love circle of artists, exalting the inexplicable and inextricable complexity of love. First days of a relationship, marriage and honeymoon, small domestic happiness but also pain of separation or last days shared with the loved one… the intimacy captured by the lens is revealed here in all its poetry and frankness. These different sets place the spectator at the heart of the action, as a witness, closer to the life and emotions of their author. 

The photographs of Nobuyoshi Araki and Nan Goldin are the starting point of this new rereading. The work of the two photographers is confronted with the series of other major authors such as René Groebli, Emmet Gowin, Larry Clark, Sally Mann, Leigh Ledare, Hervé Guibert or Alix Cléo Roubaud and contemporary artists such as JH Engström & Margot Wallard, RongRong&inri, Lin Zhipeng (aka no. 223), Hideka Tonomura or Collier Schorr. 

On the occasion of the exhibition, Atelier EXB publishes Love Songs – Photographies de l'intime, the first book to examine the role of photography in understanding and representing intimacy, sexuality, identity and the relationship to death and emotions. The book is built as a compilation of music, face A (1950-2000) and face B (2000-2021), that was offered, or we were offered, with in its center a notebook of lyrics.


Maison Européenne de la photographie

5/7 rue de Fourcy

75004 Paris


March 30 – August 21, 2022


Relative publication :  

Love Songs


Photograph :  White Neck And Flower,2010 ©  Lin Zhipeng (aka n°223). Courtoisie in)(between gallery






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