After a double master’s degree in Law and Art History, Françoise Bornstein became interested in photography. In the middle of the 80’s, she starts working for a photographers’ agency specialized in fashion and then collaborates with Marie Claire magazine for several years, where she is in charge of the visual part of the fashion editorial.
In 1993, she opened her own agency for photographers and illustrators. She then worked in advertising as an art buyer.
Ten years later, she created SIT DOWN and expanded her activities to artistic direction, exhibition curating as well as publishing and distributing the works of artists in the fields of photography, fashion and design.
In 2005, she created The SIT DOWN Gallery, located in Le Marais in Paris. Since 2013, the Gallery has been devoted largely to contemporary French and international photography, with a particular interest in documentary photography.
The Sit Down Gallery is also interested in artists seeking to transcend photography by crossing and interchanging with other media, and by questioning the limits of its mimetic use.
Sit Down is part of international art fairs such as Paris Photo, Photo London, Photo L.A. (Los Angeles), The Photography Show presented by AIPAD in New York, UNSEEN in Amsterdam, and others.
The Gallery is a member of the French “Comité Professionnel des Galeries d’Art” (CPGA) and of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers (AIPAD).