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Photography-related exhibits and events in Paris and London.


Exhibit in London: Unseen City by Martin Parr

Exhibit in London: Unseen City by Martin Parr

Two years after his memorable exhibit "Cronicles of Parisian life" in Paris, the acclaimed Magnum photographer and British photojournalist Martin Parr turns his camera towards his fellow Londoners. In his new exhibit "Unseen City", presented in the Guildhall Art Gallery in the very heart of London, Parr explores both ancient and modern traditions kept by The City, a corporation with a thousand year history, as a part of his long-term project to study British establishment. Given an unprecedented access to some of the most intimate ceremonies held in The City, Parr unveils this unique world to the viewer with his usual mix of humour, irony, and of course humanism.

Exhibit at Galerie Argentic: The Humanists

Exhibit at Galerie Argentic: The Humanists

After winter celebrations are over, the presents are unwrapped and street decorations are taken down, January often seems oh so quiet. If you happen to be in Paris, you may enjoy this peaceful time, and while wondering around Quartier Latin, take some time to pop into Galerie Argentic, located only a few steps away from the famous rue Mouffetard. This month the gallery features a collection of original black-and-white prints by the most famous French humanist photographers, such as Robert Doisneau, Willy Ronis, Edouard Boubat, and Izis among others.

Exhibits at MEP: 1st Biennial of Contemporary Arab World Photographers

Exhibits at MEP: 1st Biennial of Contemporary Arab World Photographers

La Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris has prepared some great photographic surprises for its visitors at the end of year 2015. Six exhibitions dedicated to travel photography are presented on four floors of the Hôtel Hénault de Cantobre, a classic example of 18th century Parisian architecture. From a retrospective of Magnum's Bruno Barbey to the portraits of Moroccans to young photographers exploring the world, this time it's a real feast for a travel photographer's eye!

Exhibit: Who is Afraid of Women Photographers?

Exhibit: Who is Afraid of Women Photographers?

November is best known as the "month of photography" in Paris: from its biggest and most famous photography fair Paris Photo in the Grand Palais to hundreds of various photo shows in the galleries and art spaces all over the city. This year, Musée d'Orsay together with Musée de l'Orangerie present a two part magnificent photo exhibition "Who Is Afraid Of Women Photographers?" - a tribute to women's role in the history of photography.

Photoquai 2015 Exhibit: "We Are Family"

Photoquai 2015 Exhibit:

It's been two years since we last wrote about one of the most bodacious photographic events in Paris, Photoquai. In 2015, the fifth biennial of the images of the world is back on the embankment of the Seine river, under the direction of the very same Frank Kalero, who did such a great job in 2013, when the event attracted more than half a million visitors. This time Photoquai 2015 unites photographic series of 40 contemporary photographers from various corners of the world under the theme "We Are Family".

Exhibit: World Press Photo Awards 2015

Exhibit: World Press Photo Awards 2015

Another year has passed, and the World Press Photo Foundation presents the new winners of the World Press Photo Awards 2015. Approximately 100 exhibits showcasing the best images taken by photojournalists in 2014 are presented simultaneously in a variety of cities around the world: from Paris to Mexico City, from Montreal to Kyoto, from London to Wellington. Presented as "the most popular traveling photo event in the world", WPPA exhibit is definitely not to be missed!

Ganesha Festival 2015 in Paris: Tips on Photographing a Traditional Celebration

Ganesha Festival 2015 in Paris: Tips on Photographing a Traditional Celebration

Each year at the end of August, several streets in northern Paris explode in one of the biggest, loudest and most colourful festivities: the Ganesha Festival. Streets bursting with colours, traditional Indian music from every corner, the smell of incense and jasmin flowers, smiling people dressed in their best clothes - everything blends together in the atmosphere of celebration! If you are ready for one the most flamboyant sides of the City of Light, grab your camera and join me for an unforgettable walk among the worshipers of Ganesha.

Exhibit at the MEP: Lartigue, Life in Colour

Exhibit at the MEP: Lartigue, Life in Colour

Cultural life never stops in Paris, even in August, when almost all Parisians pack their suitcase, grab a hat and a camera and head towards the seaside. For those who come to visit the French capital in August, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie prepared a very special treat: photography exhibit "Lartigue, la vie en couleur" ("Lartigue, life in colour") by the famous French photographer Jacques Henri Lartigue. Presented as a "genuine discovery for the general public", the show features about a hundred previously unseen colour photographs taken over the course of the XX century.

Exhibit: Marc Riboud at the Atlas Gallery in London

Exhibit: Marc Riboud at the Atlas Gallery in London

The Atlas Gallery is nestled on the corner of Chiltern and Dorset street next to a delicious looking Nordic baker and opposite one of the oldest pubs in Marylebone, The Barrow Mow. On a summer’s day, a crowd will gather to enjoy a mid day pint in the sun and as a visitor it is certainly a delightful setting to be in. Atlas is a private gallery and from March 27th to May 9th 2015 it is showcasing signed, black and white photographs by the renowned French photographer Marc Riboud. 

Exhibit: Paris Magnum at Hôtel de Ville

Exhibit: Paris Magnum at Hôtel de Ville

Just before Christmas, Paris City Hall opens its doors for yet another magnificent photography exhibition about the city and its dwellers in the turmoil of life and historical events, this time as seen by the world’s greatest photojournalists of Magnum agency throughout the 20th century. This show not only tells the history of Paris and its evolution in time, but also showcases some of the finest examples of photojournalism, including many timeless classics that can be seen printed in large format...

Exhibits at MEP: René Burri, Pascal Maitre, Keiichi Tahara and others

Exhibits at MEP: René Burri, Pascal Maitre, Keiichi Tahara and others

Fall is back in Paris and the city is once again infused with life after long summer vacations. Photographic galleries re-open their doors to welcome visitors and prepare new shows for those hungry for visual treats. La Maison Européenne de la Photographie is no exception: it welcomes you with a display of seven photo exhibitions, including such masters as René Burri, Pascal Maitre or Keiichi Tahara, which makes a visit to this exhibition space more enjoyable than ever...

Emmet Gowin at HCB Foundation

Emmet Gowin at HCB Foundation

Once again, the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson invites photography lovers to discover yet another universe, this time that of a prolific American photographer Emmet Gowin. Entitled simply “Emmet Gowin”, the exhibit presents a collection of photographs covering all the main themes of his life that he continued exploring for decades: his beloved wife, the intimacy of their everyday life, as well as aerial and landscape photographs.

Exhibit: World Press Photo Awards 2014

World Press Photo of the Year, Contemporary Issues, 1st prize single © John Stanmeyer

Visiting World Press Photo Awards 2014 exhibit is like witnessing the most important news of the past year. News that can be exciting or overwhelming, shocking or sad, they represent the events that have happened in the world throughout the year.  As World Press Photo Foundation states, “We exist to inspire understanding of the world through quality photojournalism.” And we, the viewers, come to admire the talent and courage of those who captured these events with such striking clarity, telling a story of life through their powerful images.

Chronicles of Parisian life in Paris, by Photographer Martin Parr

Chronicles of Parisian life in Paris, by Photographer Martin Parr

Since 1982, Maison Européenne de la Photographie has a tradition of giving carte blanche to the most renowned photographers, asking them to deliver their vision of Paris. This year it’s time for English photographer Martin Parr to get out in the streets in search of Parisian life, and so he does, armed with his unique mix of irony and humour...

Henri Cartier-Bresson in Centre Pompidou: the remarkable retrospective

Henri Cartier-Bresson in Centre Pompidou: the remarkable retrospective

This spring, the Centre Pompidou in Paris presents a large retrospective of one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century, Henri Cartier-Bresson. This may sound somewhat official, but even if you have seen many of his works before (and I know you have!), this is an exceptional exhibit as it uncovers a much more complete and often surprising image of this renowned photographer and his remarkable career. Over 500 photographs, drawings, paintings, films and documents are presented in chronological order, retracing Cartier-Bresson’s work throughout his lifetime...

Exhibit: Anders Petersen "Photographs" at the BNP

Exhibit: Anders Petersen

It's no secret that Paris is full of photographic treasures. There are at least a few exhibitions by world famous photographers at any given moment of time. And if you ever get cold after wandering the streets of the City of Light in wintertime, come and have a look at the exhibit of Swedish photographer Anders Petersen in the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. The show, "Photographs", represents a collection of all the important series of Petersen's career, starting with the famous Café Lehmitz that he shot back in the 1970s...

Exhibit: Sergio Larrain's Vagabondages at HCB Foundation

 Exhibit: Sergio Larrain's Vagabondages at HCB Foundation

Visiting an exhibit by the famous Chilean photographer Sergio Larrain in Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson may easily turn into another sublime adventure in the city of Paris. Not only will you see a collection of stark black-and-white images of Santiago, Paris, London and the author's beloved Valparaiso, but you'll also visit one of the art deco edifices of Paris, the elegant 'Maison des Artistes'... Sergio Larrain's first complete photographic project on the life of homeless children of Santiago made him visible in the photographic world and helped him receive a grant from the British Council to work in London in 1958...

Exhibit: Brassaï and his time machine in "For the love of Paris"

Exhibit: Brassaï and his time machine in

La Mairie de Paris has prepared a special treat for classic black & white photography lovers: an exhibit of one of the most famous Parisian photographers of the 20th Century, Brassaï. Hosted in Hôtel de Ville, the City Hall of Paris, the show presents a panorama of works of this Hungarian-born photographer who spent most of his life in Paris and became known for his love for this city. The vast majority of images are original silver prints of the era, some of them signed by Brassaï himself. The show covers all the important aspects of Brassaï's career...

MEP Hosts Salgado Exhibit "Genesis"

 MEP Hosts Salgado Exhibit

There is something very special going on in Paris that one simply cannot miss. Not only because it is an exhibit by one of the world's most respected and regarded photojournalists. Not only because it is about our planet, the beauty and fragility of it. And not only because it is an immense project that took eight years to accomplish. But how could someone resist a chance to see two hundred and forty-five photographic masterpieces, a result of more than thirty journeys in forty countries around the world, with their own eyes? Well that is what you get at La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, which is currently hosting "Genesis", the greatest photographic project of the world-renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado...

Exhibit: "Belongings", by Munem Wasif

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While rambling the streets of Paris in search of the best shot, you might sometimes want to take a little break and pop into a photo gallery for some inspiration. Although situated in the very heart of Paris, on the famous Île Saint-Louis, the Galérie Clémentine de la Féronnière is a well-hidden place and finding it might be a challenge! So, if you’re ready for the quest, here goes: on the main street of the island, rue Saint-Louis-en-l’île, find the building number 51. Go through the impressive green door on the right and you will end up in a yard. Continue through the archway to the second yard and on your right you will see the gallery, currently hosting an exhibit entitled "Belongings", by Bangladeshi photographer Munem Wasif...

Exhibit: Robert Capa's "Mexican Suitcase"

 Exhibit: Robert Capa's

The legendary Mexican Suitcase with Robert Capa's Spanish civil war photos was considered lost for many years. It was passed on from hand to hand to preserve it over the years but it eventually disappeared. It was rediscovered in Mexico city only in 2007, and its contents are now being presented, until June 30, 2013, at the Musée d'art et d'histoire du Judaisme in Paris.

Exhibit: "In the photographer's studio - Staged photography"

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Set in the residential neighbourhood of Montparnasse is a quiet little gallery called Musée Bourdelle. The original studio of sculpture Émile-Antoine Bourdelle’s has been kept nicely intact, and its history as a site of creativity makes it the perfect environment for "In the photographer's studio - Staged photography", an exhibit running until February 10, 2013. Displaying fifty-four images of photographers such as André Disdéri, Helmut Newton and Henri Cartier-Bresson along with detailed descriptions demonstrate the evolution of the tools of the photography trade...

Exhibit: HCB Foundation presents Greenberg collection

 Exhibit: HCB Foundation presents Greenberg collection

The Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation is hosting the private photography collection of Howard Greenberg, from January 16 through April 21, 2013. This well put together ensemble is absolutely charming, with personality and heartfelt emotion displayed in every photograph. The collection includes photographs such as Funke’s “Spirales”, Lange’s "Migrant Mother", Alvarez Bravo’s “Los Agachados” and Wright’s “Lunch Atop a skyscraper”, among others. Don't miss this unique collection while it is in Paris...

Exhibit: "Photography in 100 Masterpieces", BNF

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Housed in a wonderfully modern building perched above the pedestrian streets of the Quai on the left bank of the Seine river, the Bibliotheque Nationale de France (BNF) is hosting an exhibit entitled "Photography in 100 Masterpieces" until February 17, 2013. The BNF's imposing grand external structure prepares you for the never-presented exhibit encountered on the inside. See the photography of Atget, Alvarez Bravo, Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, Kertesz and Brandt alongside the works of lesser-known and even anonymous photographers...

Exhibit: Manuel Álvarez Bravo, "A Photographer on the watch"

 Exhibit: Manuel Álvarez Bravo,

Manuel Álvarez Bravo (1902-2002) appears to be a man torn between two worlds, one practical and the other full of aesthetic pleasure. With a modest beginning, his unique story evolves into a tale of a man with tenacity and great creativity. Álvarez Bravo created a vaste and diverse body of photographic images, which documents the history of his country’s evolving social and cultural atmosphere. The Jeu de Paume is showing 150 of these images in the exhibit "A Photographer on the Watch", on until January 20, 2013...

Exhibit: "Photography in France, 1950-2000"

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From November 2012 through to 13 January 2013, the Maison Europeene de la Photographie in Paris is hosting - as part of the "Mois de la Photo 2012" - an exhibit entitled “Photography in France, 1950-20000”. From the romantic and idealized visions of France in the 50s, through to the more risky and commercial-oriented period of the 70s and 80s, and back to the more conservative 90s, this must-see exhibit shows just how photography evolved in the last half of the last century...

André Kertész Exhibit at the Jeu de Paume

 André Kertész Exhibit at the Jeu de Paume

I finally managed to see the André Kertész photo exhibition presented at the Jeu de Paume until February 6, 2011. Although Kertész donated all his negatives to the French state when he passed away in 1985, it is actually the first real retrospective of his work in Europe. The exhibition presents a large number of original prints covering the various periods of his life, from Hungary where he was born, to Paris where he became a leading figure in avant-garde photography in the late 1920's, through to New York where he lived for almost 50 years...

Harry Callahan Exhibit at Bresson Foundation

 Harry Callahan Exhibit at Bresson Foundation

The 'rentrée' (back to school) is officially behind us, marking the beginning of new cultural events taking place in Paris after the long Summer break. The Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation currently presents photographs of American photographer Harry Callahan (1912-1999) in a exhibition called 'Variation'. The selection of about 100 black and while photographs gives us the opportunity to discover Callahan's favourite subjects: Nature, the city and his family...

Remembering the 1910 Paris flood

Remembering the 1910 Paris flood

A hundred years ago this week, the Seine river flooded the city of Paris up to 8.5 meters! Paris looked more like Venice and most of the major monuments were affected. Reporters and photographers came from everywhere to record this historical moment, making it the first flood photographed and documented. To commemorate the anniversary, a number of exhibits are currently taking place in the French capital. The Gallerie des bibliothèques presents a comprehensive exhibit with photos, newspaper clippings, postcards and posters, while the Louvre des Antiquaires also offers a photography retrospective of the event. This is by the same token a good reminder that a flood might still happen and - if we believe experts - it might be even worse than the great 1910 flood...

Doisneau Exhibit at the Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation

 Doisneau Exhibit at the Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation

Robert Doisneau (1912 - 1994) was an expert in street photography, walking or biking through Paris with his camera, catching fleeting moments of poetic and romantic Parisian scenes that made him famous. His work is however much more complex than his famous idyllic images. For its first exhibit of the year, the Henri Cartier Bresson Foundation is showcasing about 100 of Doisneau's photographs. Even if the famous 'Baiser de l'hôtel de ville' is among them, most of the other work presented is rather unknown.

Exhibit: Covered Passages by Robert Doisneau

 Exhibit: Covered Passages by Robert Doisneau

Between 1976 and 1980, the famous photographer Robert Doisneau walked through some of my favourite Parisian covered passages, taking pictures in Passage Verdeau, Passage Jouffroy, Galerie Vivienne, Galerie Véro-Dodat, etc. His pictures were published in 1981 in a book titled: "Passages et galeries du XIX siècle. Le piéton à Paris" ("19th Century Passages and Galleries: The pedestrian in Paris"). Until January 15th, 2010, you can see a free exhibit presenting a collection of these photographs at the Musée de la Monnaie de Paris.

Michael Kenna retrospective

 Michael Kenna retrospective

Until 24 January 2010, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BNF) is presenting a retrospective of Michael Kenna's photography. The exhibit includes images from his early work inspired by Bill Brandt through to his more recent images from various countries such as Japan, India, China and more.

The black and white photos along with Michael Kenna's minimalist compositions and sense of design make his work both timeless and modern. Playing with light and texture, Kenna is a master at creating dream-like images, drawing the viewer into his work and making it easy to imagine being in there alone...