Claude Nori
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(Toulouse, 1949) Born to Italian migrant parents, he discovered photography during the May ’68 events at a time when he thought he would become a director, having studied at the Conservatoire Indépendant du Cinéma Français in Paris. He soon understands the expressive potential of photography and, above all, the freedom and lightness of travelling to discover others, the world and oneself. In 1974 he moved to Paris and became friends with photographer Bernard Plossu, with whom he founded, together with a group of agitators, photographers and critics, Contrejour, newspaper, publishing house and gallery in Montparnasse, which soon became the place of encounters and promotion of the new photography movement. In 1976 he published his first photographic book, Lunettes, with a preface by Agnés Varda, followed by a novel published by Le Seuil dedicated to the Italian-American photographer Donna Ferrato, two films and numerous books in which he pursues photographic research on flirting and the themes of adolescence, Italy and happiness. In 1984 he was the only French photographer to have participated, in company of Mimmo Jodice, Gabriele Basilico, Olivo Barbieri, Mario Cresci, among others, to Luigi Ghirri's visionary project Viaggio in Italia. In 1999, with his wife Isabelle Nori, he moved to Biarritz where he founded Terre d'Images Festival, the Photo Nouvellese magazine and continues to produce books with Éditions Contrejour. In 2018 he published Un’estate con te (Contrejour, Postcart Editions). He is represented by the Polka Gallery in Paris, where he exhibits in 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018.