Michel Poivert

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Michel Poivert (born 1965) is professor of the history of contemporary art and photography at the Sorbonne. He has taken a special interest in pictorialism, the subject of his doctorate thesis. From 1995 to 2010, he was president of Société française de photographie, the French Photography Society.[1]


In 1992, Poivert helped the Société française de photographie (SFP) recover from near bankruptcy and became its president in 1995. In 2004, he organized the exhibition "L'Utopie photographique", clearly testifying to the association's new lease of life on the occasion of its 150th anniversary. He has been editor of SFP's magazine, Etudes photographiques, and together with Clément Chéroux, he has participated in building a collection of biographies of contemporary photographers, also published by the SFP. In addition to his teaching and research assignments, he has been effective in promoting the younger generation of French photographers.[2]


  • Michel Poivert: "Le pictorialisme en France", Hoëbeke (Paris), 1992.
  • Michel Poivert: "La photographie contemporaine", Flammarion (Paris), 2002
  • Michel Poivert: "L'image au service de la révolution: photographie, surréalisme, politique", Le Point du jour éd. (Cherbourg), 2006.

In collaboration with Clément Chéroux: Collection de monographies de photographes contemporains, Edition 779, Société française de photographie:[3]

  • Mathieu Pernot, L’État des lieux, 2004.
  • Gilles Saussier, Le Ruban documentaire, 2003.
  • Stanislas Amand, Prose optique, 2002.
  • Philippe Durand, Dérives, 2001.
  • Éric Rondepierre, Extraits, 2001.
  • Arno Gisinger, L’Ordinaire de l’oubli, 2001.
  • Charles Fréger, Portraits photographiques et uniformes, 2001.


Michel Poivert has organized a number of photo exhibitions:[4]

  • Le Salon de photographie, le pictorialisme en Europe et aux Etats-Unis", musée Rodin, Paris (1993)
  • "Un monde non-objectif en photographie », galerie Thessa Hérold, Paris (2003)
  • "L’utopie photographique, 150 ans de la Société française de photographie", Maison Européenne de la photographie, Paris (2004)
  • "La Région humaine", Musée d’art contemporain de Lyon (2006)
  • "L’Événement, les images comme acteur de l’histoire", Jeu de Paume, Paris (2007)
  • "La Subversion des image, surréalisme, photographie, film", Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris (2009-2010)


  1. ^ Michel Poivert, "Paul-Louis Roubert nouveau président de la SFP" Archived 2010-12-24 at the Wayback Machine., Culture visuelle. (in French) Retrieved 3 March 2011.
  2. ^ "Michel Poivert (U. Paris 1)" Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine., Lhivic. (in French). Retrieved 8 December 2010.
  3. ^ "Clément Chéroux, travaux" Archived 2011-07-27 at the Wayback Machine., Lhivic. (in French). Retrieved 8 December 2010
  4. ^ "Michel Poivert: For Intérieur", Voies Off. (in French). Retrieved 8 December 2010.