November 2, 2013
C'est Inspiré is simply that - what is inspiring. Where the words end, images continue to speak. Seeing all that is around us, we seek some aspect of something that is life enhancing... something that you would like to be reminded of - to revisit. Something to capture and bring into your world, not leave behind... . That is why I take a camera everywhere; have spent countless hours organizing images in scrapbooks and pouring over them later to revisit the place, the people, the memory.
So, C'est Inspiré may be a single photo - or it may be 50, it may mean one thing to me, another to you - the meaning isn't important. Did it inspire? Did it make you smile? Did it bring back a pleasant memory? One or all of the above will do.
During a brief period of his life, the legendary art historian Bernard Berenson kept diaries where he wrote about how to see - and what he saw. These diaries were published under the title The Passionate Sightseer and edited by Raymund Mortimer.
Anyone, anywhere, anytime can be a passionate sightseer - just look.
November 2, 2013
You may not recognize Karsh in a photo but you would immediately recognize the distinctive silver gelatin prints that captured some of the most significant figures of the 20th century. Who doesn’t know the famous portrait of Winston Churchill that made the cover of LIFE magazine? Perhaps the most copied photo of all of Sir Winston’s. It was taken during a visit to Canada in 1941; the Canadian prime minister suggested that Winston have his photo taken. He gave Karsh two minutes.
Audrey Hepburn, Grace Kelly, Andy Warhol, Le Corbusier, Jacqueline Kennedy, Ernest Hemingway. You would recognize these portraits immediately as they have somehow engraved in our memories a look which we will never forget. Like Cartier-Bresson’s decisive moment, Karsh knew how to draw the soul of the sitter through his lens in that critical instant.
When a list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century was published it was determined that Yousof Karsh had photographed 51.
See it if you can…
Mona Bismarck American Center
Now thru Jan 26, 2014
Originally conceived as a church dedicated to Saint Genevieve, the patron saint of Paris, the Pantheon was designed by Jean- Germain Soufflot in the second half of the 18th Century. Today there is an exhibition on Soufflot in the Pantheon that continues through November. A $19 million restoration is currently taking place which includes an elaborate metal cage required in order to do the work. It makes one pause and wonder….they built it all with human hands over 200 years ago.
Just a flower shop with a great name…
The gallery of 170 shoes designed by Roger Vivier is a maze of glass vitrines that you find yourself circling in order to see each shoe from all angles. To watch others do the same is like watching a slow dance. Playful, prissy, sexy, outrageous, classic, but never torturous Roger Vivier slipped shoes on the feet of the most famous women in the world: Catherine Deneuve in ‘Belle de Jour’, Brigitte Bardot, Elizabeth Taylor, Queen Elizabeth and Marlene Dietrich.
With 20 iconic heels to his credit, there is a lot to see by this sculptor, this architect of shoes who understood flirtatiousness mixed with fantasy.
PALAIS DE TOKYO
13, avenue du Président Wilson,