Eva Besnyo - L'Image Sensible
Jeu de Paume
1, place de la Concorde
T: +33 1 47 03 12 5
Jeu de Paume is presenting a retrospective of dutch grande dame of photography Eva Besnyo. Besnyo arrived in Berlin in 1930 at the age of twenty, leaving fascist Hungary behind her and opening herself up to a succesful career in photography. Soon becoming comfortable with the artistic experimentation and democratic way of life, she found work at press photographer Dr. Peter Weller and filled her free days with strolls across the city with her camera. She left Berlin for Amsterdam two years later and found her way into the creative circle surrounding painter Charley Toorop, marrying cameraman John Fernhout and becoming a publicly recognised photographer. In the second half of the 30’s, Besnyo demonstrated her commitment to cultural politics, by participating in several politically themed exhibitions as well as acting as a curator.
This retrospective will feature 120 vintage prints, giving the viewer an overview of Besnyo’s extensive career. The exhibition illustrates how Besnyo went from emigrant, to cosmopolitan and Grande Dame of Dutch photography.
For more information on Eva Besnyo visit the Jeu de Paume website.