Martine Fougeron is a fine art photographer living in New York whose work has been exhibited internationally and is held in major public and private collections. Her incisive images of life and culture in that city have made her a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, The New York Times Sunday Magazine and New York Magazine.
Fougeron was born in Paris and studied at LFNY, l’Institut d’Études Politiques de Paris, Wellesley College and the International Center of Photography. She has been living in New York since 1996 and working as a photographer, having turned to photography after a successful career as a Creative Director in the fragrance industry where she was the 'nose of the noses' of 20 world-class perfumers.
Fougeron's primary fine art photography project since 2005 has been the 'Teen Tribe' series in which she offers an intimate portrait of the lives of her two adolescent sons. Images from this series have been featured in solo exhibitions in Los Angeles, New York and Philadelphia and is presently on exihbit at The Gallery at Hermès in New York. They were singled out as particularly notable at a recent New York Photo Festival by Ken Johnson of The New York Times, have received numerous awards and are in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
A book on Fougeron's work from this series, Teen Tribe: A World with Two Sons, will be published by Steidl in in the Fall/Winter 2014/2015.
Fougeron also started a new long-term project 'Heart of The South Bronx: Trades' in 2011 soon after she moved her studio to The South Bronx. She is creating portraits of workers, interiors, machines, processes, and products of these diverse industries.
Fougeron is on the faculty of the International Center of Photography and has been a guest artist and teacher at Pratt Institute, New York University, CCNY and SVA.
These seven stories—in wonderfully varied ways and visual languages—tell us about growing up. Some are romantic, others are gritty and real, yet all of them share insights into that delicate time that we get to experience directly just once...
Martine Fougeron documents the delicate, turbulent stages of adolescence through intimate portraits of her own children's lives.
See the photographs and accompanying artists' statements that won prizes in the 2012 Single Image category.