Eugène Atget Paris Retrospective

Paris’ Musée Carnavalet, devoted to all things Parisian, hosts an exhibition of 230 photographs by the legendary documentary photographer Eugène Atget (until July 29, 2012). This exceptional exhibition of Atjet prints, glass negatives and albums made between 1898 and 1927 brings together collections from the Carnavalet Museum, supplemented by Atjet photos purchased by Man Ray currently at the George Eastman House in Rochester and pictures from the Madrid Fundacion Mapfre collection. Continue reading “Eugène Atget Paris Retrospective”

Berenice Abbott Paris Retrospective

Documentary photographer Berenice Abbott  (1898-1991), best known for her black and white photographs of New York City architecture,  is featured with a retrospective exhibition of her work at Paris’ Jeu de Paume.  With over 120 black and white  photographs, plus a selection of books and documents never shown before, this is the first exhibition in France to cover the many aspects of her work. Continue reading “Berenice Abbott Paris Retrospective”

Diane Arbus at Paris’ Jeu de Paume

Diane Arbus (1923–1971) once said “A photograph is a secret about a secret. The more it tells you, the less you know…” The same could be said about Arbus herself. Although this enigmatic photographer has become one of the world’s most  influential artists, considerable mystery surrounds her controversial work. Now a 200 picture retrospective at Paris’ Jeu de Paume,  including two library-like rooms  with notebooks, cameras, contact sheets, books from her home and studio and family pictures, provides some new insights. Continue reading “Diane Arbus at Paris’ Jeu de Paume”

Jane Evelyn Atwood Interview

© Jane Evelyn Atwood. Moules de jambes en plâtre pour la fabrication de prothèses. Centre orthopédique, Maputo, Mozambique, novembre 2001

Paris based American photographer Jane Evelyn Atwood is one of the world’s leading photographers. She is featured this summer with a major retrospective of her work “Photographs 1976-2010” at the Maison Europpeenne de la Photographie (until Sept 25). Her work reflects a deep involvement with her subjects over long periods of time. Fascinated by people and by the idea of exclusion, she has managed to penetrate worlds that most of us do not know, or choose to ignore. Atwood is the author of eight books, including “Exterieur Nuit,” on the blind and “Too Much Time,” her landmark 10-year photographic study of women in prison. The exhibition ranges from her first reportage on prostitutes  “Rue des Lombards” to her four-year study of landmine victims that took her to Cambodia, Angola, Kosovo, Mozambique and Afghanistan to recent pictures taken in Haiti.

She made these comments about her work. Continue reading “Jane Evelyn Atwood Interview”

Irving Penn’s “Small Trades” in Paris

With the exhibition “Les Petits Metiers” at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson Irving Penn’s photographs come back to the city where the legendary series began. Penn started his “Small Trades”  photographs while on assignment with Vogue France in 1950. The magazine rented a sixth floor walk up studio for Penn with natural light on rue Vaugirard where in addition to doing his fashion shooting that season he brought Parisian tradesmen to pose before his trademark neutral backdrop.  He later continued the project in London and New York. The exhibition includes approximately one hundred photographs, Penn books and a copy of French Vogue Magazine where the pictures first appeared.

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Homage to Photographer Willy Ronis

Paris pays homage to French humanist photographer Willy Ronis  with an overview exhibition of his work at La Monnaie de Paris. The photographer, who died recently would have turned 100 this year. He  was the last of a generation of post-war photographers whose poetic black and white photographs immortalized the city. During the fifties he was included in two legendary exhibitions “Five French Photographers” at the New York Museum of Modern Art, which included Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Brassaï and Izis and “The Family of Man.” Continue reading “Homage to Photographer Willy Ronis”

André Kertész Paris Retrospective

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André Kertész, Satiric Danser, 1926

The Hungarian  photographer André Kertész (1894-1985) whose career spanned more than seventy years is featured with an important retrospective of his work at Paris’ Jeu de Paume (until February 6, 2010). He is one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, both for the richness of his body of work and for the sheer longevity of his career. This is the first proper retrospective of his work in Europe, even though he donated all his negatives to the French state. Continue reading “André Kertész Paris Retrospective”

“The Art of Lee Miller” in Paris

Autoportrait, 1932, Lee Miller, © Lee Miller Archives, England 2008. All rights reserved. www.leemiller.co.uk

From model to muse to war photographer Lee Miller’s extraordinary life is revisited with a major retrospective at Paris’ Jeu de Paume (to January 4, 2009). This retrospective presents the many facets of the career of this remarkable 20th-century artist who was by turns a fashion and artists model, then muse of the Surrealists (companion and assistant of Man Ray) and finally photographer. The exhibition Includes vintage prints, original copies of Vogue, drawings and collages, plus a short excerpt from the Jean Cocteau film “Le Sang du Poèt” (1931) in which Lee Miller plays an important part. Continue reading ““The Art of Lee Miller” in Paris”

Richard Avedon Paris Retrospective

Sandra Bennett,  from “In the American West” Richard Avedon, © 2008

A major retrospective of photographs taken by Richard Avedon from 1946 until his death in 2004 is exhibited this summer in Paris at the Jeu de Paume. It traces the photographer’s carrer  begininng with his early fashion work with Harper’s Bazaar in 1945 which revolutionized fashion photography by bringing models out of the studios and into the streets giving the impression that the pictures were intimate moments captured spontaneously. Continue reading “Richard Avedon Paris Retrospective”