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International law firm Baker & McKenzie has become a patron of the Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), to support the exceptional value of the Institution’s photographic heritage. 

Baker & McKenzie’ s patronage will allow MEP to publish an anthology titled Une Bibliothèque which will showcase the richness and diversity of the library’s collection through the presentation of around a hundred photography books. The collection, which contains 32,000 works, provides a record of photographic publications throughout the world, from the 1950s until the present day. This unique anthology was proposed by Jean-Luc Monterosso, Founder and Director of the MEP, and Irène Attinger, Manager of the Institution’s library, and will be available from the first quarter of 2017 at the MEP and in numerous specialist bookshops. 

A number of pieces present in this anthology will also be showcased during the “La Photographie à livre ouvert” exhibition which will be held at Baker & McKenzie's Paris office, a preview was held on 6 October. The exhibition will run for three weeks and will offer an original experience. This project is in homage to international photography from the 1950s, and reflects the culture and history of Baker & McKenzie, which was founded in 1949.

The exhibition places the spotlight on around twenty works by eight reputed artists who have left their mark on contemporary international photography:  Gianni Berengo Gardin, Bernard Faucon, Ralph Gibson, Harry Gruyaert, David Lynch, Beatrice Pediconi, Rogério Reis and Georges Rousse. Several major works from the MEP collection will also be presented, such as Edouard Boubat’s La Survivance or Common Sense by Martin Parr.

This is the first time that a private site has had the honour of hosting an MEP exhibition, evidence of the special relationship between Baker & McKenzie and this institution.

“We are very honoured to become a patron of this prestigious institution, and to work towards bringing to light the value of what is a remarkable collection of works. This initiative reaffirms the company’s commitment to contemporary artistic creation and its role as a patron of the arts” said Arnaud Cabanes, Managing Partner of Baker & McKenzie Paris.

Indeed, as part of the 50th anniversary of the Paris office, the firm chose to support the Roy Lichtenstein retrospective at the Centre Pompidou in 2013. Baker & McKenzie Paris also organised two prestigious photography exhibitions in its offices last year. The first, “Femmes photographes”, aimed to show emerging photography and bring to light unknown images.  The second, called “La Terre: notre sublime arche de Noé ”, celebrated the protection of the environment at the time of the COP21.

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