Françoise BORNSTEIN

Sit Down Gallery, Director, France

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Françoise Bornstein earned a double master’s in law and art history before turning to photography. In the mid-1980s, she started working for a photographers’ agent specializing in fashion and spent several years in charge of visuals for the fashion desk at Marie Claire magazine.
In 1993, she opened her own agency of photographers and illustrators before working in advertising as an art buyer. Ten years later, she created the Sit Down agency and broadened her activities to include artistic direction, exhibition curating and publishing and disseminating works by artists working in the areas of photography, fashion and design.
In 2005, she opened the Sit Down gallery, which hosts multidisciplinary exhibitions, next to the Picasso Museum in Paris. Since 2013, the gallery has focused on contemporary photography. It promotes young emerging photographers (Aurore Bagarry, Sandra Mehl, Florian Ruiz, etc.) as well as internationally recognized ones such as Tom Wood, Yan Morvan, Robert McCabe and Sacha.
In 2017, she opened a new pop-up space, La Chambre de la Collectionneuse, which hosts quarterly discussions with the gallery’s photographers or guest artists. Sit Down also participates in international fairs such as Photo Basel in Switzerland, Paris Photo in Paris and the Photography Show presented by Aipad in New York.
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  • Institutional partners

    • République Française
    • Région Provence Alpes Côté d'Azur
    • Département des Bouches du Rhône
    • Arles
    • Le Centre des monuments nationaux est heureux de soutenir les Rencontres de la Photographie d’Arles en accueillant des expositions dans l’abbaye de Montmajour
  • Main partners

    • Fondation LUMA
    • BMW
    • SNCF
    • Kering
  • Media partners

    • Arte
    • Lci
    • Konbini
    • Le Point
    • Madame Figaro
    • France Culture