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Tête-à-Tête by Martine Fougeron

Martine Fougeron

2005-2012: Intimate portraits about two adolescent sons and their tribe of friends growing up in Manhattan and now transitioning into the young adult years.

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Thank you for valuing the Tête-à-Tête project. 
For the past 7 years I have been developing Tête-à-Tête, an ongoing photographic record of adolescence and young adulthood of my sons and their friends. The project is at an exciting phase in its development which I want to share with you today and let you know how you can get involved to help this project realize its full potential on two fronts:  
 
Creation and production of  'Tête-à-Tête' on Young Adulthood.
After my sons graduated from high school, in 2009, I started photographing
 the young adult years -the College Years.- My elder son Nicolas is attending NYU-Tisch Cinema school and was camping at Occupy Wall Street for a month. My younger son Adrien is attending Bennington and has declared his wish to be an artist!  I will also be  directing an intimate multi-media film on these years (2010-2014).  
Please visit the 'gallery' tab to see some of this most recent work.  
 
Orchestration of the launch of the Steidl Book and the exhibitions on 'Tête-à-Tête' on Adolescence. 

Mr. Steidl remarked that "these were good photographs, it was a good subject and it would make a good book." I will be going to Steidlville in Germany to work on the final maquette and print the book with Gerhard Steidl this year as well as preparing for the outreach and the solo shows in Paris, New York and Philadelphia.
Please watch the Vimeo video which retraces the 2005-2009 period of the book (as it stands today).  

While I have funded the project to date by myself, I now need to reach out to ask for your support in order to realize its full potential. Your tax-deductible donation can be made online right here via Artspire, the fiscal sponsorship program of the New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA), the non-profit -which I am proud to announce- is sponsoring Tête-à-Tête. It is a bit like a Kickstarter campaign, but it is administered by NYFA and less daunting.  
All Donors will be acknowledged in the Steidl Book.  No contribution is too small. 
Here are the rewards for your pledges:
$25      : a personal hand written thank you card. 
$50      : all of the above + a signed limited run postcard.   
$100    : all of the above + a signed copy of the Teen Tribe Film (see p.s.)
$150    : all of the above + a signed copy of the Steidl book.   
$500    : all of the above + an invitation to the launch of the book.
$1,000 : all of the above + a private studio visit.   
$3,000 : all of the above + a limited portfolio in an edition of 18 showcasing nine fine art prints on the adolescent years (8.5" x 11").
$5,000 : all of the above + a limited portfolio in an edition of  9 showcasing eighteen fine art prints on the adolescent years and the young adulthood years (8.5" x 11").
          
For any information, please do not hesitate to contact me at: martine@martinefougeron.com  
For further information: www.martinefougeron.com
 

P.S.  ‘Teen Tribe’ is an intimate 30 minute documentary about two Franco-American adolescent brothers and their tribe of 10 friends growing up in Manhattan. ‘A photograph is a Secret about a Secret’ says Diane Arbus. The adolescents engage in an honest conversation as they reminisce on souvenirs evoked by the Tête-à-Tête photographs taken of them from the age of 13 to 18 (2005-2009). They talk movingly and freely about issues of adolescence such as drugs, alcohol, their first love, their friendships, their challenges, and their metamorphosis. 
I will be also directing the same intimate documentary on the Young Adult years (2010-2014).  
A word about this new youth generation which I feel priviledged to be portraying in this project. It is a generation which witnessed in Manhattan the Twin Towers implode at the age of 10,  it became the facebook and cell phone generation at the age of 13, the Obama generation at 17, the recession generation and now at 20 the OWS protester generation. 
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