Patrick FAIGENBAUM
Artistic Practice Department / Co-teaches with Marc Pataut

“The possibilities of photography are at once pictorial and narrative. Students can learn to produce images and to tell stories visually. This learning process takes place on three levels: shooting techniques; selecting and mounting the images; fashioning the finished product and printing techniques. To this is added the project idea, which includes both the shooting and concrete realization of the images, and gives the work evolving continuity. This is also where the studio dynamic becomes effective, where individual pursuits intersect with a shared intention or understanding. It is in this group dynamic that the differences in approach and attitude that have brought us (Marc Pataut and me) together over the years can serve as an example for students.”

Born in Paris in 1954, Patrick Faigenbaum lives and works in the city and has been teaching at the École des Beaux-Arts since 2001. He studied painting and graphic design from 1969 to 1973.
Since 1973, when he took up photography, his work has been particularly concerned with representating the human face. In 1984, after doing portraits of friends and family, he took advantage of several stays in Florence, Naples and Rome—he was awarded a grant from the Villa Medicis in 1987—to photograph descendants of illustrious families who had figured prominently in the Italian Renaissance. His work is about groups: genealogy and people’s relationships with other members of their family, their “circle,” the places where they live. His main exhibitions since 1980 have been in Paris, Marseille, Rochechouart, Nîmes, Tours and Grenoble; also in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, and New York, Chicago and Toronto. From 1996 to 1998 Faigenbaum was invited to Bremen as artist-in-residence at the Neuen Museum Weserburg, and he took part in Documenta X.

In 2009 Faigenbaum exhibited in Madrid in PhotoEspaña 2009, Circulo de Bellas Artes, and at the Musée d’Art contemporain de Sérignan. In 2010, his work was shown in the exhibition People and Places at the Barbara Mathes Gallery, New York. After solo exhibitions in 2011 at the Musée de la Vie Romantique, Paris, and the Centre d’Art Éditeur, Cherbourg, he will be showing a large selection of his works in 2012 at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver, on invitation from Kathleen Bartels and Jeff Wall.