‘Love Songs’: Curator Simon Baker assembles intimate photo collection in Paris

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An exhibition about love feels like a radical prospect in an ever-more cynical world. Yet Simon Baker, director of the Paris-based Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP), tells us that curating a collection of photos that fully express the complexity, the pain and the sheer diversity of the emotion was something he’d long been wanting to do. From Nan Goldin’s unflinching views of the darker side of infatuation, to the daring images of same-sex desire that paved the way for subsequent generations, we discuss the photography on show.

Baker also tells us more about his trajectory from London to Paris – with a detour through Japan – and discusses our evolving relationship with our own image due to the rise and rise of the selfie. 



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