Brassaï, Doisneau…Izis?

parisblogizisbidermanasIn 1951, an exhibition called “Five French Photographers” was held at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The photographers were Brassaï, Doisneau, Ronis, Cartier-Bresson and…Izis. The other four went on to become famous worldwide, but Lithuanian immigrant Izraëlis Bidermanas, otherwise known as Izis, remained relatively unknown. Why should this be so? An exhibition organised by the city of Paris offers an explanation, showing that it was not because he had less talent than the other four but rather because he was a full-time employee at Paris Match magazine. The photos he took were simply for the love of photography and he never looked to sell or promote his work. Visitors to this exhibition will see that he deserves to be judged historically as an equal to his more illustrious peers.

Until May
29 at Hôtel de Ville de Paris, 5 rue Lobau, 75004. Free and open daily except Sunday 10am -7pm.

3 Responses to “Brassaï, Doisneau…Izis?”

  1. Comment by Jessica | 01/24/10 at 3:02 am

    one of my best photos of Paris is of this carousel. Bravo Izis.

  2. Comment by Minneapolis Photography | 05/28/10 at 8:13 pm

    Beautiful photograph. This is so true of photographers today. There are some greats out there but they do it because they love it, not to gain anything so no one knows about their work.

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