Robert Mapplethorpe Paris Retrospective

Back in 1989 Robert Mapplethorpe's photography exhibition "A Perfect Moment" was cancelled by the Corcoran Gallery in Washington due to pressure from conservative politicians. His homo-erotic and S&M pictures at the time fueled a national debate over public funding for the arts. Some of these controversial pictures and ...


How We Didn't Buy a House in Besançon

Jon Lewis' charming book "How We Didn't Buy a House in Besancon" tells the tale of challenges encountered when buying property in France. Required reading for anyone contemplating retiring here. Finally succeeding at finding his dream home, he and his wife Josée now live in the South of France, eight hours drive from ...


Vincent van Gogh Revisited in Auvers-sur-Oise
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Auberge Ravoux © Miyazaki

With the Musée d'Orsay's  exhibition "Van Gogh/Artaud. The Man Suicided by Society" (until July 6, 2014) it's an ideal time to visit the town Auver Sur Oise where the artist spent his final days. In this picturesque village located just a short train ride from Paris you can walk in van ...


Paris 1900, The City of Entertainment

The Belle Epoque was at its zenith in 1900 Paris.  It was a period characterized by optimism, new technology and scientific discoveries. The peace and prosperity in Paris allowed the arts to flourish with many masterpieces of literature, music, theater and visual art being created.

The exhibition "Paris 1900, The City ...


Paris' ten most romantic spots

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Pont des Arts Lovers photo:Bob Bishop
We all have our "favorites" as to where to play out our love stories, and a city like Paris has certainly scores of these. But remember that choosing the right time of day or night, the right season and the right weather can be as important as the "stage" itself, which should ...


Still Standing Tall

Did you hear the one about the lady who married the Eiffel Tower? No, really. Erika La Tour Eiffel had had other infatuations with objects, including Lance, the bow with which she became an archery champion, and the Berlin Wall. But, now in her late 30s, she tossed those over and promised  to love, honor, and obey the ...


English-speaking Paris

"A Liminal Square" is a series of portraits of people by Tatiana Grigorenko from all walks of life that participated in the recent revolution in Ukraine. The portraits explore the intersection of a major historical event and the personal histories of its participants. Made with a large-format camera, the images favor a ...


The Lighter Side of Paris

I once asked the French photographer Boubat if he was a romantic. He responded saying no "I'm a humanist. I'm interested in photographing people. There's enough bad to be seen in the world.  I like to photograph and show what is good."

French Humanist Photographers were among the best at portraying poetic moments and ...


Paris' Swinging Gypsy Jazz Scene

Originating in the suburbs of Paris in the 1930s, this distinctively energetic style of jazz was created by the legendary Django Reinhardt, who played with fellow gypsy musicians in Parisian jazz haunts during the 1930s and 1940s. Reinhardt grew up in a caravan in the Parisian suburbs and famously lost the use of two ...


Drugs...Travellers Beware

Hundreds of British nationals are currently locked up in prisons across the globe for drug-related offences, often detained for months without trial and facing distressing living conditions. In the past year in France, 37 British people have been jailed for drug offences.
 
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), in ...


Robert Adams Paris Retrospective


"The Place We Live" at Paris Jeu de Paume is a retrospective of Robert Adams'  photography (until May 18, 2014). This exhibition, which has already been seen in several North American venues such as the Vancouver Art Gallery and Los Angeles County Museum of Art,  is based on  work purchased by The Yale Art Gallery ...


Martin Parr's Paris

Paris' Maison Européenne de la Photographie (MEP) with a salute to British photographer Martin Parr gave him carte blanche to photograph Paris. For two years he pictured  la vie parisienne  with his trade mark style from tourists on the Champs Elysee to Bastille Day to Paris Plage to a day in the life of the Goutte ...


Josephine at Musee du Luxembourg

One of France's most remarkable First Ladies, Josephine, is the subject of an exhibition at Paris' Musée du Luxembourg. On the occasion of the bicentenary of her death at Malmaison in 1814, the exhibition revisits through paintings and many personal items Josephine's life and times.

Josephine de Beauharnais was the ...


"Miranda Road"

Heather Reyes'  new novel "Miranda Road" is partly set in Paris in late sixties, seventies and eighties (and also goes back to Vichy France). The book is due to be published at the beginning of May. Novelist Maggie Gee has already called the book: 'rich, poetic, painterly, wise and tender..."

"Miranda Road" tells the ...


Paris' Free Museums

With over 30 million visitors a year, Paris is the world’s most visited city. Among its many attractions are its 153 museums, which showcase an incredibly diverse collection of art from all around the world. In a bid to widen accessibility to this impressive cultural heritage, the city of Paris has allowed free ...


Brooklyn + William Klein + Polka

William Klein's approach to photography challenges the way people see the world. His photos have been described as being a lyric combination of black humor, acerbic social observation and daring graphic invention. Klein, an American photographer who has lived in Paris for many years, began breaking the visual taboos ...


Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut

Casablanca: The Gin Joint Cut is a lovingly disrespectful homage to one of the classic films of all time. A ‘superb multi-tasking cast’ whisk you back to Morocco 1941. Casablanca has some of the most iconic scenes and best lines ever written, so why not play it again? But this time in a tiny gin joint, with three ...


Henri Cartier-Bresson Paris Retrospective

One of the world's most influential photographers is featured with a retrospective at Paris' Centre Georges Pompidou (to  June 9, 2014). Henri Cartier-Bresson, (August 22, 1908 – August 3, 2004) considered by many to be the father of photojournalism, blended a remarkable sense of design with the ability to capture the ...


Guido Guidi... Really

For Guido Guidi photography is a a way of life. "When I photograph something, I become that thing." says Guidi. For this photographer taking pictures is a kind of autobiography in progress.

The Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation is currently presenting "Veramente" a major exhibition of Guido Guidi, a pioneer of new ...

  

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