The legendary Magnum photo agency, founded in 1947 by Robert Capa, David “Chim” Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson and George Rodger, is an international photo cooperative owned by its members. This year marks the 70th anniversary for the famed photography agency and the completion of its Paris archive. To celebrate Le Bal presents “Magnum Analog Recovery” an exhibition of work from Magnum’s Paris archives that spans from the agency’s creation in 1947 to 1977. This collection—stored in Paris as paper prints— brings together “press” photos distributed to newspapers and magazines. Continue reading “Magnum’s Analog Recovery at Le Bal”
The Pompidou Center revisits the work of one of the 20th century’s most influential photographers with an extensive Walker Evans’ (1903-1975) retrospective. His signature style with its attention to quotidian detail became a major photography reference for serious students of photography. This is the first major retrospective of his work in France (until August 14, 2017). Continue reading “Walker Evans Paris Retrospective”
“Jardins Extraordinaires” — a series of sixty photographs showing some of the world’s most beautiful gardens—is exhibited on the gates of the Luxembourg Garden (until July 21, 2017). The outdoor exhibition is in parallel to a large garden theme exhibition “Jardins” at the Grand Palais. Continue reading “Extraordinary Gardens Exhibited”
French photographer Claude Iverné, awarded the 2015 HCB Prize for his project “Sudanese photographs, the river of Gazelles,” has been exploring North and South Sudan for nearly twenty years. He is exhibiting his “Bilad es Sudan” photos at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (until July 30, 2017). Continue reading “Claude Iverné Sudan Photographs”
The Mois de la Photo-OFF is a fringe festival organised in parallel to the official Mois de la Photo. This year Paris’ official month of photography —which has taken place in November every two years for over twenty years— has moved to April. An even bigger change is that it now has expanded to include the “greater” Paris suburbs.
Canadian photographer Dianne Bos is interested in capturing the impression of time passing rather than decisive moments typical of most documentary photography. Her exhibition “The Sleeping Green, no man’s land 100 years later” featuring pinhole and experimental photography is at Paris’ Canadian Culture Center (until Sept. 8). Continue reading “Dianne Bos’ Remembrance of Time Past”
The Pompidou Center exhibits Josef Koudelka’s classic “Exiles” series. We haven’t seen his work in Paris since his big exhibition in 1988 at the Centre National du Photographie. Last year Koudelka donated to the Pompidou Center his entire “Exiles” series. The exhibition (free) includes these photos along with some interesting self-portraits taken by the photographer during his travels. Continue reading “Josef Koudelka at Pompidou”
Seeing the exhibition “Images à la Sauvette” at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson is for many photographers almost like touching treasured saints’ relics. The exhibition is a selection of vintage black and white photos —along with the original maquette— from Cartier-Bresson’s legendary book. Continue reading “Decisive Moments Revisited”
French photographer and filmmaker Eli Lotar (1905-1969) is featured with a retrospective at Paris’ Jeu de Paume. Although now he is not known by many outside the cognoscenti in the late twenties and thirties he was considered among Paris’ top photographers (to May 28, 2017). Lotar (Eliazar Lotar Theodoresco) was born in Paris, the son of Tudor Arghezi, a Romanian poet. After spending his childhood in Bucharest he returned to Paris in 1924. He became the assistant and close friend of the Germaine Krull (1926), who taught him about photography. While only in his early twenties Lotar quickly became one of the city’s leading avant-garde photographers.
Most of Louis Faurer’s (1916-2001) photography career was spent producing fashion photographs for such magazines as Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Mademoiselle. But we remember him now mostly for his early street photography taken in the forties and early fifties. These photos are currently exhibited in Paris at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson (until December 18, 2016). Continue reading “Louis Faurer Exhibited in Paris”
Paris long-time expat Louis Stettner recently died at his home in Saint-Ouen, France. He was 93. Stettner was one of the last living “humanist” photographers of his generation, which included Bresson and Doisneau. His black and white photographs are both social documents and poetry. Pupil and lifelong friend of the photographer Brassai, Stettner sought to capture in his glimpses of daily life a profound connection to reality while casting light on the human experience in all its facets. Continue reading “Louis Stettner Remembered”