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In the mid-1970s, when feminism gained an unprecedented momentum in the United States, three American photographers, Eve Arnold, Abigail Heyman and Susan Meiselas, published books of a new kind (Growing up Female, The Unretouched Woman and Carnival Strippers). Combining testimonials and photographs, they offered a new look into the lives of women, both in the workplace and their private lives. These three photographers impose their singular signature and experiment through the book form. They put women to the test of the photographic image, avoiding stereotypes to draw alternative representations. This exhibition unveils the unique process of their works through drafts and contact sheets.

Exhibition curator: Clara Bouveresse, winner of the Rencontres d’Arles curatorial research fellowship.
Exhibition produced in collaboration with Magnum Photos.
Publication: Femmes à l'œuvre, femmes à l'épreuve. Eve Arnold, Abigail Heyman, Susan Meiselas, Actes Sud, 2019.
Framing by Circad, Paris.
Wallpapers by Processus, Paris.

The Rencontres d’Arles curatorial fellowship receives the support of Jean-François Dubos.