A Few Shows in the 4e

© 2010, Peter Marshall

From the Swedish Institute we made our way south into the 4eme, where there were a few shows from the Photo-OFF open on Sunday afternoons.

At L’Oeil ouvert in rue Francois Miron we saw the prints by Laurent Villeret from his ‘Carnet du Mexique, digital prints made from scanned Polaroid Transfers, a few of which had a pleasing charm.

© 2010, Peter MarshallMagic passage

A short walk away the Photo-OFF show at Galerie Hayasaki had ended (shows generally have to be for at least two weeks to be included, so some had ended by the time we were there), but its place had been taken by two other photographic shows, with Martine Peccoux’s angled views of some of the narrow buildings in Paris where streets converge at a small angle and a series of reflections in puddles by Shigeru Asano.

© 2010, Peter Marshall
Hotel de Chalons, 4e

Walking away from here we came across another show, on its last day at the Galerie Binôme, their first show at 19 rue Charlemagne (it seems to be a peripatetic gallery), and a retrospective of the work of François Lartigue (b1949), with pictures from 1963-2010. The grandson of Jacques-Henri Lartigue and well known as a cinematographer and Director of Photography on many films, he took the earliest picture in the show in 1963 when he was 12.

All of the pictures in the show were black and white, taken with the same 35mm Canon given him by a friend of the family; most were taken between working on films when he wandered the streets of Paris on a Vespa with his camera, working always with available light. He grew up in Montmartre and virtually all of his images are taken in Paris – with just a few outside the walls of the city in Montreuil (as in my own Paris book.)

I particularly liked one of his images, showing a derelict shop on the rue de la Roquette in the 11e in 1955, the first of the six images on the link above. You can hear him speaking (in French) about his photography in an interview on a blog dedicated to Bob Giraud.

© 2010, Peter Marshall
Mémorial de la Shoah (Holocaust)

Our next stop was at the one of the few non-photographic shows we went to during our stay, a very detailed exhibition covering the life of novelist Irène Némirovsky, gassed at the age of 39 in Auschwitz showing and on-line at the Mémorial de la Shoah. Although the exhibition made little use of photography, there is a rather nice animation between various pictures of her on its front page.

My visit to Paris continues in further posts here and  on My London Diary.



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