Since end of August 2016, Luce Lebart has served as director of the Canadian Photography Institute of the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa. From 2011 to 2016, Lebart was director of collections and curator at the Société Française de Photographie, the oldest photographic society in France, founded in Paris in 1854. A specialist in scientific and documentary photography as well as in photographic techniques, her work focuses on bringing little-known collections to light and tracing their histories.
She is the author of several books, including Mold is Beautiful, Lady Liberty, and Les Silences d’Atget (Atget’s Silences), as well as a number of articles in fields such as météorological and forensic photography and the history of archiving and data basis. As a curator, Lebart has organized the following exhibitions: La Guerre des Gosses (Kids at War), Rencontres d’Arles, 2014 and Panthéon, 2016; Souvenirs du Sphinx (Memories of the Sphinx), Rencontres d’Arles, 2015; Taches et Traces (Stains and Traces, First photosensitive tests by Hippolyte Bayard), Photaumnales, Beauvais, 2015; Illuminations, Foto/Industria, Bologna, 2015; Images à Charge (Burden of Proof), with Diane Dufour, first presented at Le Bal in Paris in 2015 before traveling to The Photographers’ Gallery in London, Camera in Turin, and the Nederlands Fotomuseum in Rotterdam; and Lady Liberty, with Sam Stourdzé, Rencontres d’Arles, 2016. (Traduction : Mot.tif, Paris courtesy LVMH Métiers d’art.)