Benedicte Van der Maar

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Bénédicte Van der Maar (born 27 October 1966) is a French photographer and artist.


Van der Maar was born in Paris. She entered the world of studio photography as an assistant of the photographer Jean-Loup Sieff. She then made portraits of friends, actors and dancers, which were exhibited in the city of Montrouge. She photographed in New York, Italy, Israel and India. Her "Accumulations" were noticed by "La Galerie Le Simoun"[1] which exhibited her work in Paris in 2007.[2] In 2008, the daily paper France-Soir published one of her photos titled The New Yorker.[3] Her series of conceptual photography Fragile was shown at the la Nuit de la Photographie Contemporaine exhibition in Paris.

In 2010, Van der Maar's work was shown by Pierre Cornette de Saint-Cyr at a French contemporary art auction.[4][5][6]

She travelled to Haiti to photograph the daily battles at Sun City. "Les Enfants du Cholera" was broadcast by Doctors Without Borders.[7][8][9]

In 2011 Van der Maar followed the "Little Buddha" in the jungle of Nepal. Her photo essay was published as a spread in Paris Match.[10]


Van der Maar, Hidden, 2007

Van der Maar's work is a reflection on women's role in society, as seen from different cultures.[11][12] "In her photography she occupies herself with the human beeing [sic] in the different regions of the world. [...] With her works Bénédicte van der Maar is a strong position in the new contemporary figurative and social french photography." writes German curator Martin Leyer-Pritzkow.[13]

Van der Maar focuses on fragility. With her series Fragile and Never Ending she stands in the tradition of French photographers Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis and Henri Cartier-Bresson, which portrayed, after the Second World War, the different ways and situations people have to deal with in everyday life. Van der Maar focuses on human topics. In her portraits, she depicts the social, economic and cultural issues, she also exposes discrimination, like the exploitation and slavery of women and children.

"I'm interested in Human rights, particularly in Women's rights. Women are strong but their status is fragile. We can verify that everywhere. The man's vision is different in every culture, philosophy or religion, so the woman's existence is different every time. That's why she is fragile, because she lives "according to...". Fashion and advertising always portray a sublime idea of women, we never get to see the everyday life. That is my subject" explains the photographer in an interview for the exhibition "The Woman" in Versus & Versus Gallery, 2014.[14]

Selected exhibitions[edit]

  • 2007 What Else, solo show, Galerie La Simoun, Paris, France.[15]
  • 2008 New York, Exposition collective, Galerie Memmi, Paris.
  • 2009 Ils exposent pour la vie, group show, City Hall,[16] Paris, France.
  • 2010 Fragile sculpture, group show, Galerie Maubert,[17] Paris, France.
  • 2012 Absurd, ArtPhoto 2012, Paris, France.
  • 2013 Lux Festival, Le Touquet, France.
  • 2013 ArtPhoto Champs Elysées, Paris, France.
  • 2014 The Woman, group show, Versus & Versus Gallery, Paris.
  • 2015 solo show, Grands Moulins de Pantin, Paris.
  • 2015 Good Earth, group show for the COP21 and GoodPlanet Foundation, Earth Gallery, Paris.[18]


  1. ^ Galerie Le Simoun
  2. ^ "Exhibition". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  3. ^ Van der Maar France-Soir, 12 juin 2008, article.
  4. ^ "Van der Maar-Cornette "New York", enchère". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Van der Maar-Cornette "Fragile Blue".". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  6. ^ "Van der Maar Cornette "Vinyles".". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  7. ^ Van der Maar MSF-UAE, photographies.
  8. ^ Van der Maar MSF-ie haïti unprepared in face of resurgent cholera, photographies.
  9. ^ MSF dons et legs, photographies.
  10. ^ Van der Maar Paris-Match, article.
  11. ^ "Van der Maar - City Hall". Archived from the original on 2014-02-01. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  12. ^ "Van der Maar, la photographe "Chocolate Woman" represent the 6th Nuit de la Photographie". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  13. ^ "new contemporary French figurative photography". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  14. ^ Benedicte Van der Maar, retrieved 2016-01-14 
  15. ^ "Galerie Le Simoun". Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  16. ^ Van der Maar city hall Archived February 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine., exhibition.
  17. ^ Van der Maar Maubert exhibition Archived February 1, 2014, at the Wayback Machine.,.
  18. ^

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