One can't argue with the beauty of Laetitia Casta or the obvious technical skills of Dominique Issermann. There are many beautiful images in the current MEP exhibit. Undoubtedly, this has been a big draw for the museum, bringing in people who are perhaps only marginally interested in photography. I understand the gallery does need revenues to run and a popular show like this one hopefully allows the gallery to show other artists that are more interesting but whose work is less able to draw in those only casually interestedin photography.
Still, even this show manages to leave a sense of disappointment at how much further the work could have gone. These photos don't really move beyond pretty composition and figure studies. Pretty to look at but hardly the deep and profound pieces one might expect to find given that the gallery is filled with at least twenty stools inviting spectators to remain comfortably contemplating this stunning beauty. Add to this the really silly and pretentious map showing us all the now-sacred locations in the thermal baths where these photos were taken! I will be sure to make a pilgrimage visit to the baths so I can feel closer to the genius of this artist and the sublime model! Maybe I should walk there from Paris to put myself in the proper humble mood before I dare encounter these now holy grounds!