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Entries in Paris (2)

Monday
Dec032012

Collection of Photographs Taken in 1914 Depicts Paris in Color

I recently came across these early color images on the website Retronaut and was blown away by how beautiful and vibrant they are. I can only imagine how moving they are to view in person, evoking the splendor and storied heritage of Paris in the early 1900's. The collection of photograph, some of which I have attached below, are currently on display in the Albert Kahn Museum in the suburbs of Paris. For those of you lucky enough to get over to Paris in the coming weeks, I highly recommend checking this exhibition out. For the rest of you, accept these as a small consolation:  


 

To learn more go to the Imaging Resource article: Rare, early color photographs capture life in Paris circa 1914


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Thursday
Oct252012

Field Trip: The Photographs of the Circle of Gustave Le Gray, Paris


The Petit Palais in Paris was designed to showcase the best of French architecture, art, and style for the 1900 Universal Exhibition, and in 1902 it became a museum. I was fortunate to see one of their temporary exhibitions, a fascinating look at early photographic work that paved the way for Impressionist painting and modern photography. Modernism or Modernity: The Photographs of the Circle of Gustave Le Gray featured photographs from Le Gray and some of his top pupils, in one of the earlier examples of modern photography instruction. Le Gray, a trained artist, became interested in photography and photographic chemicals, and he started a school that influenced the course of photography. Le Gray began to deemphasize the importance of the technical aspects of photography, focusing his attention on the "Eye of the Photographer." He was also an important early advocate for photography as an art form. Here's what he wrote in 1852:
I wish that photography, instead of falling within the domain of industry, of commerce, be included among the arts. That is its sole, true place, and it is in that direction that I shall always endeavor to guide it.
He trained his pupils to see life through their lenses, capture the personalities of people sitting for their portraits, and tell a story and create a special mood with their composition. The exhibition showed an amazing range of subjects in 160 pitch-perfect prints on beautiful paper (Le Gray was a stickler for fine paper), from Le Gray and students including John B. Greene, Alphonse Delaunay, Olympe Aguado, Charles Negre, and Henri Le Secq.


Admiration!, Olympe Aguado, c. 1860 (Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art, Strasbourg; Petit Palais, Museum des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris)
Spanish Women, Alphonse Delaunay, 1854 (private collection; Petit Palais, Musee des Beaux-Arts de la Ville de Paris)


We're the New York Institute of Photographya distance education school teaching photography since 1910 - over 100 years of knowledge and experience. Listen to the following podcast to learn more about who we are and what we do. WHAT IS THE NEW YORK INSTITUTE OF PHOTOGRAPHY? [20:58M]