MOPA: The Start of a New Journey


I just started my internship in the department of marketing and communication at the Museum of Photographic Arts last week. I am a French college student graduating at the end of this year in the field of communication and culture. I chose to intern in a museum because I’m currently thinking I would like to work in one next year. My mother always took me to museums as a child and I always liked discovering and learning new things about art. But you may ask me, why a photographic museum?

When I was a teenager, one of my best friends wanted to become a photographer. I have to admit that I started to like photography more and more because of her. How did I hear of MOPA from France? I was an exchange student in UCSD two years ago and that is how I discovered the beautiful Balboa Park. I then visited MOPA and really enjoyed it.

Today, I am no artist, but still, I enjoy taking pictures of every place I travel to. I like the way photography can communicate feelings without the need of any word. I like the way it can keep memories even after the moment is gone. I like making and keeping photo albums of my family, my friends and the places that I visited. Two days ago, I was working on a project related to the Alzheimer’s program at MOPA. It then reminded me of my own grandma who passed away in 2008 because of this disease. She’s now gone from this world but not from my memories. And not from the photo albums I keep at my parents’ house. I enjoy looking at her pictures, it’s a way for me to remember her and all the good times we spent together, both before and after she got Alzheimer’s, and to still feel her presence.

Today I found a nice quote online: “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever... it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten everything.”  Aaron Siskind (An American photographer; December 4, 1903 – February 8, 1991)

Finally, what I like the most about photography is looking at art photographers’ pictures, because they’re the most meaningful and the prettiest. I feel privileged being an intern at MOPA because I can have access whenever I want to the exhibitions. I just saw the current “Jessica Lange: unseen”’ exhibition yesterday. I was surprised at first that there were no titles under the photographs, but I actually think it is better this way. Every person can interpret what they see in their own way, and two people can feel different emotions with the same photography, which makes it a very personal experience. And you can of course share what you see after all with other people.

This exhibition will be there until May 19th. So the last thing I will say is: Please, come to MOPA, it is really worth seeing it! :)