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After-Prom: Adrien's Big Splash
From the series Tête-à-Tête: Intimate Portraits of Two Adolescent Sons
From the Photography Portfolio

Martine Fougeron, French, born 1954. Printed by Silicon Gallery Fine Art Prints, Philadelphia. Published by the Women's Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Printed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, North and Central America

2009 (negative); 2010 (print)

Pigment print

Image: 11 15/16 x 18 inches (30.3 x 45.7 cm) Sheet: 16 x 20 inches (40.6 x 50.8 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of the Women’s Committee of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2010

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Martine Fougeron was born in Paris, France, and lives in New York City. She is a fine art photographer, a painter, and formerly an expert in the perfume industry. Fougeron was educated at the Lycée Français in New York, Wellesley College in Massachusetts, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris, and the International Center for Photography in New York. She exhibits in the United States and abroad; her work is held in major public and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles.

Tête-à-Tête, Fougeron’s biographic story of her two adolescent sons, Nicolas and Adrien, is considered to be one of the best in contemporary photography and relatively unique as a mother/son documentation. Beginning in 2005, the artist created a visual diary of the boys and their friends primarily at their homes, making pictures that are naturally staged and delicately lit but alive with spontaneity. Fougeron states, “Adolescence is a liminal state between childhood and adulthood, between the feminine and the masculine, and between innocence and a burgeoning self-consciousness.”