Francois Kollar, a Working Eye

The Jeu de Paume hosts a retrospective of Francois Kollar’s photographs  (to May 22). Although little known outside the photo cognoscenti Kollar was among the most innovative and experimental of France’s commercial photographers during the 30’s and 40’s. Considered a French photographer Kollar— like many other important photographers such as Robert Capa and Brassai who made their careers in France —came here from Eastern Europe. Kollar moved to Paris from Hungary in 1924. He lived and worked the rest of his life in France until his death in 1979. Continue reading “Francois Kollar, a Working Eye”

Women Photographers Paris Exhibition

A mega double venue exhibition “Qui à peur des femmes photographes?” focuses on women photographers from the medium’s earliest days until the end of World War II (to January 24, 2016). Photography in those years was a medium in the process of defining itself and therefore relatively more open to women as a career possibility. The exhibition, with categories such as portraiture, fine art and photo journalism, explores how women’s changing role in society paralleled their emergence as photographers. Continue reading “Women Photographers Paris Exhibition”

Bernice Abbott & Vivian Maier at Les Douches la Galerie

One of the best photo exhibitions in Paris this month features the work of two photograpphers Berenice Abbott and Vivian Maier (Une Fantastique Passion) at Les Douches La Galerie. This is a tale of two cities and two fantastic female photographers. For Abbott her passion was photographing the city of New York. For Vivian Maier it was the streets and people of Chicago (until November 26, 2016). Continue reading “Bernice Abbott & Vivian Maier at Les Douches la Galerie”

Jeff Wall’s Smaller Pictures

Canadian artist Jeff Wall, known for his large-scale back-lit cibachrome photographs, popularized  the “stage managed big is beautiful” aesthetic in photography with such pictures as “The Destroyed Room,”Mimic,” and what has been called his signature piece “Picture for Women,” measuring 142.5 by 204.5cm. Many consider his large-scale images and studied compositions as influences on the Dusseldorf group led by Andreas Gursky, Thomas Ruff and Thomas Struth. Wall’s computer enhanced 1992 photo “Dead Troops Talk (A vision after an ambush of a Red Army patrol, near Moqor, Afghanistan, winter 1986” recently sold for $3.6 making it the third most expensive photo ever sold at auction. Continue reading “Jeff Wall’s Smaller Pictures”

Paris Magnum at Hotel de Ville

Paris as seen by thirty Magnum photographers is a free exhibition at the Hotel de Ville (until April 25, 2015). 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. Bresson once described it this way: “Magnum is a community of thought, a shared human quality, a curiosity about what is going on in the world, a respect for what is going on and a desire to transcribe it visually.” Continue reading “Paris Magnum at Hotel de Ville”

Keld Helmer-Petersen’s World

The Maison du Danemark , located on Paris’ Champs Elysees, revisits the Danish modernist  photographer Keld Helmer-Petersen(1920-2013) exhibiting both black & white and color photographs (until December 18, 2014). Although not well-known to the general public, his pioneering color photography places him among the avant guard of that medium, well before Stephen Shore and William Eggleston. Continue reading “Keld Helmer-Petersen’s World”

William Eggleston at Paris’ Fondation HCB

The exhibition “From Black and White to Color” at Paris’  Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson revisits William Eggleston’s early color classics along with lesser known black and white work (to December 21, 2014). In addition to vintage color dye transfer prints the exhibition includes one of Eggleston’s new large size digital prints. A print from this series “Memphis (Tricycle)” sold recently at a Christie’s auction for $578,500. The 2012 Christie’s auction sold 36 of Eggleston’s digital pigment prints fetching 5.9 million dollars. Continue reading “William Eggleston at Paris’ Fondation HCB”