Sotheby’s is hosting a new exhibition, commissioned by Qatar Museums Authority and the first show in London by the internationally renowned photographer Brigitte Lacombe along with her film-maker sister Marian Lacombe. The exhibition features a series of images of Arab sportswomen from many different countries, shown alongside videos by Marian Lacombe which situate the images within personal histories and a wider – often unspoken – discourse of gender, culture and sportsmanship.
French photographer Brigitte Lacombe lives in New York City. Her loves are portraits and travel. Brigitte left school to be an apprentice at the black and white lab of Elle in Paris. In 1975, at the Cannes Film Festival, while on assignment for French Elle, she met Dustin Hoffman and Donald Sutherland. They each respectively invited her to the film sets of “Fellini’s Casanova,” shot at Cinécitta, and Alan Pakula’s “All the President’s Men,” shot in Washington D.C. and Los Angeles. She then worked on Steven Spielberg’s “Close Encounters of the Third Kind,” shot in Mobile, Alabama. In 1983, she worked on David Mamet’s original production of “Glengarry Glen Ross” at The Goodman Theater in Chicago, directed by Gregory Mosher. Brigitte is still working on all of Mamet’s new productions. In 1985, Gregory Mosher came to New York City as the artistic director of Lincoln Center Theater, and asked her to be the first and only staff photographer. She remained at the LCT for 7 years. Brigitte works on the films of Martin Scorsese, Mike Nichols, Sam Mendes, Michael Haneke, David Mamet, Quentin Tarantino, Spike Jonze, and other directors. She contributes to The New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, The New Yorker, GQ, W, WSJ magazine, Nowness, and many other publications. She has been a contributing photographer to Condé Nast’s Traveler magazine, since their first issue in 1987. In 2000, she won The Eisenstaedt Award for Travel Photography. In 2010, Brigitte received the “Art Director’s Club” Hall of Fame Lifetime Achievement Award for Photography. Since 2009 until today, Brigitte has been working on an ongoing project for The Doha Film Institute and Doha Tribeca Film Festival in Qatar, a collection of portraits of international filmmakers and actors called IAMFILM, with an emphasis on fillmmakers from the Middle East region.
Marian Lacombe was raised in France and studied journalism and anthropology in New York. For the past 20 years, she worked as a reporter, anchorwoman, and editor-in-chief on daily news and magazines for the private French television channel M6 in Paris. She opened and ran their correspondent headquarters in Lyon and Marseilles.
“Hey’Ya” Let’s Go Arab Women in Sport Photographs by Brigitte Lacombe, Videos by Marian Lacombe 25 July – 11 August