Gérard Uféras

Bolshoi Moscou avril 2011

About the exhibitions


Bolshoi Theatre, literally translated- the grand theatre-is one of the most highly reputed opera and ballet houses in the world. The ballet company was created in 1776 by Prince Pyotr Ouroussoff and Michael Maddox by order of the empress Katarina II.

Having more than 250 members, the Bolshoi Ballet is the biggest, and also the most prestigious classical dance company in the world. It inspires amateurs of dance all around the world and attracts the greatest dancers of the former USSR.

In 2005, the Bolshoi of Moscow is only a shadow of its glorious past; the facades covered with stains, the foundations crumbling, and the sparkle fading. During six years, architects, engineers and builders have joined hands in order make the biggest face lift, which the media calls “the construction site of the century”.

In 2011, the Bolshoi gives a carte blanche to three photographers: Peter Lindbergh, Sarah Moon and Gérard Uféras, and edits a book in order to celebrate its re-opening. This collectors’ book was given as a gift only for the special guests of the re-opening gala, and were never exhibited before until now.

The body of work presented here follows the same line as other works Gérard Uféras have produced in the past twenty years in the world of Opera, theatre and ballet. He has lived the life of dancers’ day in and day out, assisting classes in the mornings, then going to repetitions and finally performances in the evening. Uféras is fascinated by the theatre and its backstage, and therefore he tries to recreate this magic which surrounds whomever enters the artists’ entrance to this world ruled by passion for dance and the magic spell of the theatre.


Dior, 30 Montaigne Avenue

Fashion, from the very first sketch of a dress to the fashion show of a new collection…From the work those little hands perform during fittings on mannequins… From the shape of a slender leg to the refined beauty of a model…

Gérard Uféras has fallen in love with the ateliers of haute couture created by Christian Dior in 1946. Uféras dived into velours and taffetas, he glided between magical busts and charming plissés, his eyes observing, smiling constantly. Uféras, always righteous, always discreet, during numerous weeks, has immersed himself among those who create and shape fashion.

Haute Couture is so often only discovered in the flash of the catwalk cameras; finally the photographer Gérard Uféras, the privileged witness of an entire collection, reveals its full process. He illuminates to us the art of workmanship by showing and telling the whole story of the fabrics, the materials, the shine and the splendour. Uféras gently illuminates these four magical letters sparkled with French glamour from Paris to the rest of the world.

Photographer: Gérard Uféras, France
Title 1: Bolshoi ballet
Venue: Elite Hotel, Suttungs gränd 6.
Title 2: 30 Avenue Montaigne
Venue: Kvarnen Popup 1, Vaksalagatan 30.

About the photographer

Multiple awarded lifestyle photographer Gérard Uféras became fascinated by art in his teens, and when discovering Henri Cartier-Bresson’s works by André Kertesz and Willy Ronis, he began exploring the world through photography. In 1984 he started working for the newspaper Liberation, and in parallel to photojournalism he carried out advertising campaigns, working in institutional communication and fashion series. His work was exhibited worldwide. His passion for music and theatre led him to a long journey across Europe working with photography behind the scenes of Opera Theatres. In 1993 he joined the Rapho agency. Then followed several series of great work within the fashion universe. He has worked with the Cannes Film Festival, the Piccolo Teatro in Milan, and in 2005 he spent a whole year with the ballet of the Opéra National de Paris.

His work is part of the collections of the European House of Photography in Paris, the National Contemporary Art Fund2, the Central Union of Decorative Arts, the National Library of France, the National Gallery London, the Elysee Museum in Lausanne, the Salzburg Festival in Austria, the Henkel Collection in Germany, the House of Photography in Moscow.