Two streets away from Place de Clichy, at the end of a renovated impasse with gleaming cobblestones and beside a pretty square, you’ll find Le Bal. Its innovative architecture features two black-floored exhibition rooms and massive white columns stretching over 700m².
Created by the association Les Amis de Magnum Photos and its president, the photographer Raymond Depardon, this space exhibits the documentary image in all its forms: photo, video and new media, examining the use of the image in the digital age. But that’s not all: visitors also flock for its specialised photography bookshop and the colourful and convivial Le Bal Café.
The building, opened in 2010, has an unusual history. Where exhibitions of up-and-coming photographers and videographers take place today was, in the 1920s, the scene of diversions of a different kind: Chez Isis was a guinguette-dancehall but also a “hôtel d’amour” for rich clients looking to mix with the riffraff. In memory of this, the attractive cultural space was named Le Bal.
Access and contact
Days and opening hours
Every day throughout the year. Closed Monday and Tuesday.
- Adult: from 7 €. Free entry for children < 12 years.