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Christine Spengler (Vichy 1945), is a French photographer brought up in Madrid after her parents’ divorce. From the age of seven her Aunt Marcèle took her twice a week to the Prado Museum, her Uncle Louis to the bullfight. Later, she studied literature at the French lycée to become a writer.
In 1970, she discovered her vocation as a war correspondent during a trip to Chad with her younger brother Eric. She decided to learn her trade in the field “to become a war correspondent and to bear witness to just causes”. Armed only with her Nikon camera and a 28mm wide-angle lens, she spent years bearing witness in black and white to the world’s mourning in all the war zones: Northern Ireland (1972), Vietnam (1973), Cambodia (1975), Western Sahara (1976), Iran (1979), Nicaragua (1981), El Salvador (1981), Lebanon (1982), Afghanistan (1997), Iraq (2003)…

Her dramatic photos, devoid of sensationalism, will travel the world and will be published in the most important magazines. Her condition as a woman, and a brunette at that, allowed her to hide her camera under her veil, and to take pictures that were forbidden to men in Khomeini’s Iran (1979) and in the Taliban’s Afghanistan (1997).

In 1998, Christine Spengler received the Scam prize. In 2002, she was named “Woman of the Year” in Brussels. In 2009 she was awarded the Legion of Honour: “I congratulate the fighter who has always been able to see and photograph hope in the midst of ruins”, said the Minister of Culture, Mr Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres.

Each time she returns from a reportage, to exorcise the pain of wars, she creates baroque and colourful photomontages inspired by the Prado Museum and by her mother Huguette Spengler, the surrealist artist.

Christine Spengler, who lives between Paris and Madrid, continues to work, her photographs are exhibited in major museums: the Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne in 1983, the MEP (Maison Européenne de la Photographie) in 2016, the Musée de la photographie Charles Nègres in Nice in 2019 and the Musée de la Libération in Paris in 2022.

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    L’amante aux seins nus (turquoise), Christine Spengler

    L'Amante aux seins nus (turquoise) is a work realized in 1988 by Christine Spengler. At the border of the intimate and the extimate, the photograph gives to see the sensuality of an anonymous woman whose portrait one would believe found in a drawer. The latter is decorated with fabrics and jewels, recalling the flamboyance of Hispanic ornamentation.
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    Christ aux piments, Christine Spengler

    Le Christ aux piments is a photomontage made in 1999 by Christine Spengler. The figure of Christ is adorned with a necklace of peppers, recalling in its form the crown of thorns. The materials surrounding it (cactus, sea urchin) also evoke it. Plastic illumination as practiced by the artist is an invitation to the sacred as much as a reappropriation of its character.
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    La danseuse Elvira Lucena, Christine Spengler

    This work was created in 1990 by Christine Spengler. It features the famous Spanish dancer Elvira Lucena whose beauty is here illuminated with organic materials (corals and peppers). The fabrics and jewels finish enveloping the character, raising her to the rank of icon.
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    Le torero José Claro «Pepete», Christine Spengler

    Le torero José Claro "Pepete" was made in 1988 by Christine Spengler. Trace of her childhood spent in Madrid, she likes to represent these national heroes in their costumes of light. Inspired by the refinement and elegance of Hispanic ornamentation, she seeks to find them in the objects she uses for her photomontages.
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    Larmes de la Vierge, Hommage à Christian Lacroix, Christine Spengler

    Larmes de la Vierge is a composition created by Christine Spengler in 1996. It represents a color portrait of the Virgin delicately adorned with jewels lent by Christian Lacroix, giving the iconic representation a baroque aspect. In the manner of a plastic illumination, the assembly of various materials prolonging the photograph comes to brighten up an elegiac scene.
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    Mokhtar, l’homme Bleu, Christine Spengler

    Mokhtar, the Blue Man, is a composition made by Christine Spengler in 1996, in Algeria. A man whose face is covered with a chèche stands in front of a desert landscape. The artist decorates, "illuminates" this photograph with various objects: silver jewellery, small stones, fragments of mirror, coloured fabrics...
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    Luna Park en Iran, Christine Spengler

    Luna Park in Iran is a photograph taken in an amusement park north of Tehran in 1979. In this unique work, Christine Spengler decorates the photograph with paint and unpublished calligraphy.

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  • Christine Spengler - L'opéra du monde
    Christine Spengler - L'opéra du monde
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    L’Opéra du monde d’après le bombardement de Phnom-Penh, Christine Spengler

    L'Opéra du monde d’après le bombardement de Phnom-Penh (Cambodia, 8 April 1975) is one of the most emblematic images in the career of Christine Spengler, a great photojournalist. Her photographs bear witness to the greatest conflicts of the second half of the 20th century. In 1990, in Saint-Paul-de-Vence, this work was decorated, "illuminated" by the artist who created coloured photomontages from portraits or black and white photographs, a way of making "life triumph over death".
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