François-Marie Banier is a prolific photographer as well as a well-known playwright and novelist. Since the 1970s he has captured the world’s social, literary, theatrical, fashion, and political scenes. This heady mix is leavened by the tough, penetrating, and highly empathic portraits he takes of anonymous yet unforgettable street people, whose faces, bodies, stances, and expressions bear witness to the inexorable march of time and fate. His first solo show was held in 1991 at the Centre Pompidou, Paris, France. Since then, his work has been included in countless international exhibitions at, among others, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, Japan; Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France; and Villa Medici, Rome, Italy.
François Marie Banier. The Woman with the Parrots, 1990.