Jean Painlevé – Feet in the Water
Painlevé made precise observations of his subjects and recorded their movements and processes of development. He began by concentrating on crabs, shrimps, octopuses and sea urchins – creatures that inhabit the coast, especially the foreshore, the border zone between land and sea that is washed by the tides. His films, many of which were made together with his lifelong partner and collaborator Geneviève Hamon (1905–1987) , offer visitors an unusual journey into the curious world of underwater creatures, their bodies and their habitats.
This exhibition is conceived by Jeu de Paume, Paris with the participation of Fotomuseum Winterthur for its presentation in Winterthur. Curator: Pia Viewing in association with Brigitte Berg, Director of Les Documents Cinématographiques / Archives Jean Painlevé, Paris.