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A Century of Working Women-3 Paris Exhibits

2 posters for Qui a Peur des femmes photographes and Splendeurs et Misères

Constrained by social norms or cultural tradition, women working outside the home in the mid to late 1800s walked a fine line when wanting to earn a living. Three Paris exhibitions follow the working life of women for almost a century from 1839 to 1945. All three are exploring subjects assembled for the first time. “Qui a peur des femmes photographes” (until January 24, 2016) is the first gender-based exhibition in France and “Splendeurs et Misères, Images de la prostitution 1850-1910” (until January 17, 2016) “Splendeurs…” is the first time a museum is dedicating an entire exhibition to prostitution. Within this article you will find a synopsis of the three exhibits, links to YouTube videos with English subtitles, download links to publications in English, books in English available and visiting information.

Paris Fashion Week Different Views

Valentino pre-show invitees, Tuileries Ephémère, Paris

When you live in Paris, it seems that every couple of months they are speaking about “Fashion Week”. The three reasons for this are: Haute Couture, Ready to Wear and Men’s Fashions. Two more reasons are Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter.Paris Fashion Week happens so often need to keep up with the schedule from Mode à Paris (Fédération Française de la Couture du Prêt-à-Porter des Couturiers et des Créateurs de Mode). Find out when and how …The Mode à Paris calendar drops hints….

Paris Fashion – Read a Book

Two euro book of short stories by Guy de Maupassant

Want to read a French book? Don’t want to spend a fortune if the exchange rate goes bad? Buy a two euro book. All Parisians read a book. Ride the Paris metro and look at what people are holding in their hands: A book…. “Boule de Suif” is a book of short stories by Guy de Maupassant that began my two euro addiction. I skipped looking up the adjectives because I understood the gist of the stories. Each of the stories is about a woman….

Paris Photo Walk at Pont Alexandre III

Taking a break during the photo session Port des Champs Elysées

On a Thursday night, I met up with other photographers in Paris near the Pont Alexandre III. The bridge connects to Avenue Winston Churchill. We met at Mr. Churchill’s statue on the grounds of the Petit Palais. The idea of this meet up was to photograph movement along the quais between the bridge Alexandre III and Pont Royal near Musée d’Orsay. It gave me an opportunity to meet other photographers and test my powerful compact Lumix on manual mode. Not dressed warm enough, I only made it to Place de la Concorde.

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.