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A Fashion Photography Retrospective

Starting with Baron Adolph de Meyer in 1919, the museum show Papier Glacé (Glossy Paper), presented at the Palais Galliera with Condé Nast, includes all the names who helped gave fashion its photo ID: Horst P. Horst, Irving Penn, William Klein, Norman Parkinson, Helmut Newton, Bert Stern, Herb Ritts, Bruce Weber, Patrick Demarchelier, Corinne Day . . . […]

Dark Inspirations

The fashion exhibitions at Musée des Arts Decoratifs are always presented in a special designated space. The atmosphere is almost like going to the theatre: it’s pitch black except for the vitrines, which are dimly lit. It doesn’t always work, and for some shows it’s been difficult to see the details of the clothes. For […]

America Invades Paris

American culture is on show this season in Paris, with two noteworthy exhibitions worth checking out (even if you’re an American yourself). “L’Atlantique Noir,” the first of four American-themed exhibitions this year at the fabulous Quai Branly Museum, is about the Anglo-American heiress Nancy Cunard, who published Negro Anthology in 1930s Paris. “Nancy Cunard was […]

Paris’s Photographic Heritage

The company La Parisienne de Photographie is in charge of digitizing the city’s photographic heritage. Checking out its website has been open to the public but not so, of course, reproducing its images. Now, it has created a special collection of prints to buy called Paris en Images. It’s searchable by subject, arrondissement or photographer. You’re […]

Poking Fun at Parisians

You could say that Daumier was what we would consider a lifestyle/humorist blogger today. Each of his drawings (there are dozens and dozens of them at “Les Parisiens de Daumier” at Galerie du Crédit Municipal de Paris through March 4) mocked, exaggerated or poked fun at a certain type of Parisian, in different situations of […]

Art vs. Ads

Most would agree that strolling through the heart Paris feels very much akin to strolling the halls of a museum. The advertisements for luxury goods, office supplies and electronics that line the city’s pristine boulevards, however, can be a jarring juxtaposition. Artist Etienne Lavie sought to illustrate what the city might look like if classical […]

The Revolution in Pictures

For lovers of history, gore or just beautiful art: A new trove of images from the French Revolution have just been released for your online viewing. Thousands of images have been posted! Thanks to the art blog Hypoallergic via Matthew Rose.

Decoding Vintage Prints of Paris

This is one of a half-dozen prints we bought one afternoon at an antiques fair outside the Saint-Sulpice church in June 2013. Initially attracted by the view of the Tour St. Jacques, it was the lesser details on the river that caught our attention. The floating bathhouse for women (Bains des Dames) spoke of an […]

Back at Ya

Who has not marveled at Paris reflected in a body of water or a window? Prete-Moi Paris has a lovely gallery of such images.

A Brassai Show — Free

“Brassaï, pour l’amour de Paris” is the current free Hôtel de Ville exhibition until March 8, 2014. The exhibit is a Paris panorama from 1930 to 1950. The exhibition catalog is available in English and French. The free flyer at the entrance is available in Spanish, French and English. The best times to visit are at the […]

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