“She Dances on Jackson” is the title of Vanessa Winship’s new exhibition of black and white photographs at the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson in Paris (until July 28). Winship won the 2011 Henri Cartier Bresson Award with 30,000 euros allowing her to travel across the United States, from California to Virginia, New Mexico to Montana to photograph the fabled ‘American dream.’ The exhibition of photos resulting from this trip present a lyrical conversation between landscape and portraits of the people that inhabit it. Continue reading “Vanessa Winship Paris Photography Exhibit”
People into photo know many of the names of photographers associated with Paris such as Doisneau, Lisette Model or Dora Maar, but Laure Albin Guillot’s name usually draws a blank. Now a retrospective exhibition at the Jeu de Paume revisiting the work of this unsung photography heroine is a step in the direction of reestablishing Guillot’s (1879-1962) place in the history of French photography Continue reading “Laure Albin Guillot at Jeu de Paume”
One of the most important living “humanist” photographers is exhibiting his work at the Paris Galerie David Guiraud as part of the Mois de la Photo (until Jan 18, 2012). The exhibition features Louis Stettner’s New York and Paris pictures taken from the late 1940’s to the present. Stettner is part of a generation of photographers, which included Bresson and Doisneau, whose black and white photographs are both social documents and poetry. Continue reading “Louis Stettner, Black & White and No Regrets”
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”
A Paris retrospective exhibition (until June 17, 2012) revisits the provocative, erotically charged photos of the German-Australian fashion photographer Helmut Newton. His pictures, marked by erotic, stylized scenes, often with sado-masochistic subtexts appearing in such magazines as Vogue and Harper’s Bazar, redefined fashion photography. Continue reading “Helmut Newton at the Grand Palais”
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 (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”
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”
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.
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”
American photojournalist Stanley Greene was in a pensive mood recently as he spoke to an audience of photographers at Paris’ Maison Européenne de la photographie (MEP) about his new biographical book “Black Passport.” Continue reading “Stanley Greene’s “Black Passport””