Garry Winogrand – Jeu de Paume – Retrospective

Garry Winogrand, Jeu de Paume exhibit, catalog cover, English version

The Jeu de Paume is host to the first retrospective in twenty-five years of the American photographer, Garry Winogrand (1928-1984). Winogrand is considered in the same league as the American photographers: Walker Evans, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander. Winogrand captured a moment in life similar to French photographers, Robert Doisneau, Marc Riboud and Willy Ronis. From the exhibit, I gathered that he admired most the works of Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Walker Evans and Diane Arbus.

Animal, Insect Menageries and Blooms-Jardin des Plantes

Insect menagerie Jardin des Plantes - bee (elbow antennae) on purple flowers

It’s time to celebrate the two hundred and twenty years of the Paris historical zoo at the National Museum of Natural History’s (Muséum national d’histoire naturelle) in the Jardin des Plantes. An exhibit opened at the Cabinet d’Histoire for celebrated animals (Animaux célèbres de la Ménagerie) who lived in the historical menagerie from 1794 to today. The showcases are filled with mementos from those early days: postcards, illustrations, souvenir plates, books, illustrations, models, and other paraphernalia from the past. Many of the animals referred to are now found in the Grande Galerie de l’Évolution.

Concert Festival Marin Marais 2014 Has Begun

Poster for Festival Marin Marais 2014

Every year the Festival Marin Marais, first held in 2006, celebrates the birthday of the musician and composer, Marin Marais. Marais played in the court of Louis XIV , the Sun King, for forty years. This year eighteen Baroque concerts are performed in October and November at three different venues for one price: ten euros. The musicians work for donations….

Flea Markets and Brocantes in France

Plates in a dish rack at a bric-a-brac/brocantes/flea market in Mézilles, France in August

Take a train and go outside Paris and “chiner” for antiques and second-hand treasures. One suggestion to find something different is to go to a “vide-grenier”. People empty out their closets, display and try to sell their no-longer-in-use belongings on the streets of their cute little towns! The second weekend in August was the vide-grenier in Mézilles, France.