The world of Gypsies at Palais de la Porte Dorée

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Dear Shaded Viewers,

Living in Paris one has a particular view on gypsies. The upcoming exhibition at the Palais de la Porte Dorée takes us through more than a hundred years of photographs portraying their world.

“The Making of Images is a two-part exhibition exploring the relationship of photography to Roma, Manouches, Kale-Gypsies. Perceived as eternal wanderers, as menacing and suspicious, intriguing and fascinating … multiple representations of these Gypsy communities cross the history of the medium.

First part, A Photographic History, 1860-1980 reveals the fabric of images and the creation of an iconic subject. The multiple uses of photography are summoned: they show the construction of the stereotypes that these communities have often been the victims of and document unknown trajectories and stories.
Second part, the Gorgan, 1995-2015 recounts the experience of photographer Mathieu Pernot with a Roma family. Crossing his photographs with those made by the family, the author establishes the singularity of the destiny of each individual beyond the community membership.”

Let’s see what that opens up for us.



Palais de la Porte Doree

Musee de ‘Histoire de l’Immigration

293, avenue Daumesnil – 75012 Paris


Diane Pernet

A LEGENDARY FIGURE IN FASHION and a pioneer of blogging, Diane is a respected journalist, critic, curator and talent-hunter based in Paris. During her prolific career, she designed her own successful brand in New York, costume designer, photographer, and filmmaker.