Elles x Paris Photo

A program dedicated to women photographers

Elles x Paris Photo is a program which was initiated in 2018, in partnership with the French Ministry of Culture and supported by Women In Motion, a Kering program dedicated to highlighting women in the arts and culture. As part of this program, each edition features a guest curator curates a selection of works by women artists from participating galleries during the fair. The artists receive a yearlong exposure via parisphoto.com with video interviews, resources and statistics dedicated to women in photography. Thanks to the participation of exhibiting galleries, the representation of women artists at the fair has so far raised from 20% to 36% since the beginning of the Elles X Paris Photo program.

Portrait of Raphaëlle Stopin - Crédits: Julien T. Hamon

Curator of the 2024 edition - Raphaëlle Stopin

Raphaëlle Stopin (1978, France) is a curator, art historian and writer.

Director of the Centre photographique Rouen Normandie, her wide-ranging program reflects the specificities of photography, between art and media. She brings together experimental practices and media uses, contemporary and historical figures, each working to develop unique narratives of the world.

In this context, she also develops artistic grants and residencies to support creation, production, and career development. In 2022, she designed the Frutescens program for young photographers on the French scene, as part of the European photography platform FUTURES, of which the Centre photographique Rouen Normandie is the French member. She was also a member of the jury for the Carte Blanche student prize at Paris Photo 2021.

From 2003 to 2020, she collaborated with the Villa Noailles as artistic director of the photography competition at the Festival International de Mode et de Photographie in Hyères, showcasing both emerging and established photographers.

As a specialist of William Klein's work, she has curated five retrospectives of the artist and a monographic exhibition dedicated to Polly Maggoo, among others. She is also the secretary of Diagonal, a national network of photography venues.

Curators of the previous editions

2023: Fiona Rogers, Curator of Parasol Foundation Curator of Women in Photography at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London 

2022: Federica Chiocchetti, Director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts Le Locle (MBAL)

2021: Nathalie Hershdorfer, Director of the Musée de Elysée

2019: Karolina Ziebinska-Lewandowska, Curator at the Centre Pompidou

2018: Fannie Escoulen, Head of the Department of Photography at the French Ministry of Culture