Artist Profile

Claude Estèbe

Claude Estèbe (b.1960) is a French contemporary art photographer, scholar in Japanese visual culture, and working as an expert in ancient photography for the Guimet Museum, Paris France. He was a fellow artist at French Villa Kujoyama in Kyoto in 2001 and recipient of the Louis Roederer fellowship for photography at the French National library in 2007. In 2015, Estèbe was invited to serve as a researcher at Meiji University, Tokyo and was a main curator of Kyotography festival. His work is presented by the Toot Yung art center since 2011. His recent exhibitions show ironic photographies of the modern canon of femininity as they are mirrored until absurdity in the fashion dolls. In 2013, “Radium Girls”, was a personal rendition of the ambivalent fascination for atomic energy on the aftermath of Fukushima disaster. Estèbe’s signature photographies are a subtle mix of kawaii, fierce social critique, cheap mass produced toys and sex dolls, scholarly references, extreme close ups and sophisticated lighting.

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