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Lise Sarfati joined Magnum Photos in 1997 and became a full Member in 2001.

Lise Sarfati
French, b. 1958
Lise Sarfati obtained a master's degree in Russian studies from the Sorbonne in Paris with a thesis on 1920s Russian photo-graphy. She was hired in 1986 as official photographer of the Académie des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

She went to Russia in 1989 and devoted nearly a decade of study to this country with the help of a grant from the Ministry of French Culture and Villa Medicis. She received the Prix Niépce and the Infinity Award from the International Center of Photography (New York) in 1996 in photojournalism for her Russian work, and exhibited at the Centre National de la Photographie in Paris in 1996 and at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in 2002. Acta Est was her first monograph, published in 2000.

After the death of Marguerite Duras in 1996, Sarfati photographed the writer's apartment and her house in Neauphle-le-Chateau. Her pictures constitute a sort of inventory of intimacy taken from the places where Duras lived and worked. Sarfati joined Magnum Photos in 1997 and became a full member in 2001.

In 2003 Sarfati went to the United States and created a series with young characters. This body of work, The New Life (La Vie Nouvelle), published by Twin Palms in 2005, is designed to be viewed sequentially, as episodes in a open-ended drama in which each character represents material for a new subplot following its own surprising path. The series The New Life has been exhibited in major museums and galleries.

In 2004 Domus Artium in Salamanca, Spain, and the Nicolaj Centre of Contemporary Art in Copenhagen, Denmark, showed a retrospective of her work.


2005 The New Life / La Vie Nouvelle Lise Sarfati, Twin Palms Publisher
2005 Lise Sarfati Fundacion Salamanca Cuidad de Cultura
2000 Acta Est Lise Sarfati, Phaidon


2007 Lise Sarfati: The New Life FOAM May 24 - July 8, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
2006 Lise Sarfati: The New Life UC Riverside, Museum of Photography, California, USA,
August 5 - October 7
2006 La Vie Nouvelle, Lise Sarfati Rencontres Internationales d'Arles, France. July 4 -
September 19
2006 Lise Sarfati Rose Gallery Santa Monica, CA, USA. April 1- May 30
2006 Lise Sarfati Retrospective Nicolaj Center of Contemporary Art, Copenhagen,
Denmark 27 January - 28 March
2005 Lise Sarfati, The New Life Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, USA
2007 La Vie Nouvelle Lise Sarfati Museo de San Telmo, San Sebastien, Spain
2005 Lise Sarfati American Series The Photographer's Gallery, London, UK
2004 Lise Sarfati Domus Artium Centro del Arte Salamanca, Spain
2002 Lise Sarfati Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
2002 Lise Sarfati Post Factum, Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles,
1997 Lise Sarfati, Musée Nicephore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France
1996 Lise Sarfati Prix Niepce, Centre National de la Photographie, Paris, France


2007 Museo de Arte Contemporaneo de Castilla y Leon, Spain. The World today in 20
books-on photography. January 20 - May 2
2007 On the Wall, Aperture Gallery, New York, USA. January 11 - March 8
2005 Eurovisions Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
2001 Fondation Huis Marseille Oublier l'exposition, Amsterdam,The Netherlands


Los Angeles County Museum of Art, CA, USA
Brooklyn Museum, NY, USA
Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA
Maison Europeenne de la photographie, Paris, France
Bouwfonds Kunststichting, Holland
Fond National d'Art Contemporain, Paris, France
Caisse des Depots et Consignations, Paris, France
Domus Artium, Salamanca, Spain
Fondation ABN AMRO pour la Photographie, Paris, France
Musée Nicephore Niepce, Chalon-sur-Saone, France


1996 Prix Niepce, Paris, France
1996 Infinity Award, International Center of Photography, New York, USA
1996 Villa Médicis Hors les Murs, Paris, France
1995 FIACRE Ministère de la Culture, Paris, France
1994 Prime à la qualité ; ? C’est moi, c’est Roger ? Centre National du Cinéma, Paris,


1994 C'est moi, c'est Roger

MA in Russian Studies, Sorbonne, Paris France


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