Sophie Calle is a French writer, photographer, installation artist, and conceptual artist. Her work is distinguished by its use of arbitrary sets of constraints, frequently depicts human vulnerability, and examines identity and intimacy. She is renowned for her detective-like ability to follow strangers and investigate their private lives, which she has deployed in her renowned works Suite Vénitienne, The Hotel, and Address Book. She has had major exhibitions all over the world, including at the Venice Biennale, the Whitechapel Gallery in London, and the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Denmark, and has also worked closely with the writer Paul Auster. The Guardian called her “the Marcel Duchamp of dirty laundry,” and she was among the names in Blake Gopnik’s “10 Most Important Artists of Today,” with Gopnik arguing, “It is the unartiness of Calle’s work—its refusal to fit any of the standard pigeonholes, or over anyone’s sofa—that makes it deserve space in museums.”
A new entry in the acclaimed Photofile series, Sophie Calle contains over one hundred reproductions together with a critical introduction by Clément Chéroux and a full bibliography of the artist.
Clément Chéroux is a French photography historian and curator. He was recently named Director of the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson in Paris; he was previously Chief Curator of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City.