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Agnès Varda (born May 30, 1928) is a Greek-French film director and professor at the European Graduate School. Once called the “grandmother of the French New Wave," Agnès Varda has been making narrative and documentary films for over six decades. Her movies, photographs and art installations focus on documentary realism, feminist issues and social commentary—with a distinct experimental style.
Varda studied Art History at the École du Louvre before getting a job as the official photographer for the Théâtre national populaire in Paris. She held her first solo photography exhibition in her home in 1954, followed by several reportage missions in China and Cuba. Over the course of her travels and via the people she met, she produced several portraits of both ordinary and famous people of her time. (http://www.vintageworks.net/exhibit/detail.php/279/1/0/14/23642)