I am always inspired and invigorated by great photography exhibits. Last week I went to the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson to see the Howard Greenberg Collection. Greenberg is a New Yorker and has built one of the most important black and white and sepia photo collections from 20th century. He is a rare commodity in the art and photo world, both a collector and gallerist with a gallery in Manhattan.
The show includes photographers Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Jerome Liebling, Lee Friedlander, Lisette Model, Dorothea Lange, and Diane Arbus. It is a tightly edited collection of small black and white works from the 1930s to the 1960s with a small selection of photos from each photographer with no specific theme. The exhibit was comfortably laid out over three floors and had just the right amount of images, so as not to overwhelm the viewer. I find so many of the new blockbuster shows overwhelming in the quantity of works that are shown, it leaves the viewer over stimulated.
I had my camera with me to possibly photograph the exhibit but I was so inspired that I immediately started to snap photos in the museum. I started with the glorious Art Deco inspired stairwell with its sharp angles and spiraling steps. I proceeded to shoot the buildings outside next to the museum that had some interesting texture. The surrounding area had many modern buildings with strong photogenic lines and angles. I did a mix of color and black and white and it’s a little tricky trying to choose which look better in color or black and white. I would love to have your feedback, so please let me know which photos stir your eye.
Click here to read the N.Y. Times interview with Howard Greenberg
Howard Greenberg Collection-Till April 28
Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson
2 Impasse Lebouis, 75014
Metro: Gaité or Edgar Quinet
Open 1PM to 6:30PM Tuesday to Sunday,Thursday till 8:30PM
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.