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”

William Klein Paris Retrospectve

“Qui êtes-vous, Polly Maggoo ?”asks the title of William Klein’s most famous film. If you turn the question around on Klein and ask who he is, the answer is likely to be a long one. For not only is he among the most renowned fashion photographers of the century, but he’s also  (as well as art directing his own books), the director of a score of documentaries and feature films, and over 250 television ads.Klein is featured here  this winter with a major retrospective at the Pompidou Center. It provides a detailed look at more than 50 years of work, juxtaposing some of his earliest and most recent photographs, as well as various book dummies, extracts from films, paintings, drawings and posters – selected largely from the artist’s personal archives.

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Martin Parr’s True Colors

Paris’ Maison Européenne de la Photographie salutes British photographer Martin Parr with a retrospective of his work. While in the ’80s most serious documentary photographers were using black and white film Parr pushed the limits of the medium with exaggerated color pictures often portraying banal subjects. His pioneering series – “Last Resort” (1986), “The Cost of Living” (1989) and “Small World” (1994) – now rank as a major turning point for contemporary photography. Parr gained his reputation through his ironic look at British middle and working class consumer society. The MEP’s exhibition includes not only his legendary depictions of Great Britain’s Thatcher era, but also some of the photographer’s early work in black in white created during the 1970s – as well as newer pictures such as “Common Sense” and “Cherry Blossom.” Continue reading “Martin Parr’s True Colors”