Eli Lotar (1905-1969)

February 14, 2017 to May 28, 2017
At Jeu de Paume
Eli Lotar (1905-1969)

Organised jointly by Jeu de Paume and Centre Pompidou, this exhibition is the first retrospective dedicated to the work of photographer and filmmaker Eli Lotar (1905-1969), and includes a selection of over one hundred vintage prints, previously unseen photographs (reproduced from negatives), archival documents and films. During his most active years (1927-1932), Eli Lotar frequently photographed urban and industrial landscape of Paris and its surrounding areas. His social and political commitment is evident from his photographs and several collaborative projects he undertook with avant-garde writers (including Jacques Prevert and Georges Bataille) and filmmakers (such as Joris Ivens, Alberto Cavalcanti and Luis Buñuel), all of whom were affected by the troubled sociopolitical climate during the 1930s. Eli

Eli Lotar’s work can be said to fall in the tradition of documentary reportage and also has parallels with the Surrealist movement thanks to the duality of realism and lyricism present in his photographs. His work also bears witness to social injustice and poverty, and the impact of industrial progress on everyday life. His worked has appeared in magazines such as VU, Jazz and Arts et métiers graphiques.

Jeu de Paume

1, place de la Concorde