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Exhibit: "Photography in 100 Masterpieces", BNF


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". The BNF's imposing grand external structure prepares you for the never-presented exhibit encountered on the inside.

All of the images displayed in the exhibit are originals that have been collected, willed and donated to the BNF since 1851. The pieces have been carefully chosen according to print quality, condition, origin and the manner by which they have become part of the Library’s collection.

The span of work ranges from 1839-1986, yet the photographs are not displayed in any particular order. Instead, they are set around the room in simple, understated frames. Unlike a typical exhibit, however, there is not a set category for the photographs based on a time period or style. Instead, the combination of street scenes, famous figures and landscape sceneries offer an eclectic mix of inspiration from many different perspectives and techniques. The exhibit contains the photography of the famous photographers of the last few centuries -- including Eugène Atget, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray, André Kertesz, Bill Brandt, among others. These familiar names were not given preference in the display, though. For example, Man Ray’s popular black and white “Naked woman” (1860-1976) sits among unknown and even anonymous photographers.

It is inspiring to see the undeniable talent on display, but also to know that the images were captured through very different periods, using different states of technology. Still, the conclusion that imagination and artistic aptitude is more important than the tools is inescapable. It is easy to appreciate and admire each photograph for what it is, instead of for who created it. This exhibit is a unique opportunity to witness a variety of inspiration and have a glance at photography through 100 great masterpieces.

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  • Until:

    Saturday, 16 February 2013

  • Venue Details:

    Bibliothèque Nationale de France
    Quai François-Mauriac 75706 Paris
    Metro: Lines 6 (Quai de la gare), 14 et RER C (Bibliothèque François-Mitterrand)

    Open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm; Sunday from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm; except Monday and public holidays

    Admission: €7 (Reduced price: €5)

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Michelle Nocera

Michelle combines a love of travel and meeting new people with years of experience in event planning and customer service. Several years of living and traveling in Asia taught Michelle firsthand what separates a pleasant adventure from a difficult journey. She uses this knowledge to work directly with our clients to ensure an exceptional photography experience from start to finish.

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