I am going to Paris!
I am really, really over-the-moon excited to announce that I will be going to Paris in March.
I have been invited by the French Government’s official tourism office to take photos of Paris and other various sites of interest in close proximity to Paris.
What will happen with this photography? Well, that’s the other exciting news! This voyage has been planned in conjunction with the 70th anniversary of Liberation of Paris in 1944. To celebrate this amazing time in France’s history and its impact on modern-day Paris, my photography will be displayed in a solo art gallery showing at The Park Avenue Armory here in NYC in April.
The 1940s time period is near and dear to my heart as my mother and her family were victims of World War II. They survived being held in labor and concentration camps for a number of years and after the war ended they were able to traverse Europe freely and eventually make their way over to the United States.
I grew up hearing about The Liberation of Paris and the surrounding events that marked the end of World War II. The Liberation of Paris in particular meant so much to my mother because it was one of the most enduring symbols of the end of World War II and her family’s freedom. I am beyond thrilled that I will be photographing Paris to celebrate what the Liberation of Paris has meant both for the citizens of France but also for the world.
I could think of no better collection of images to convey my excitement for this incredible adventure I will be embarking on than the work of Robert Doisneau. Doisneau’s body of work has had an immeasurable impact on my own photography. His images of Paris throughout the occupation, through the Liberation as well as after the Liberation phenomenally capture the mood of the time in such a powerful way.
1.- Les Jardins du Champs de Mars, Paris, 1944
2.- Au Bon Coin, Saint-Denis 1945
3.- A Snapshot of Victory, August 1944
4.- Typist, Square du Vert Galant, Paris 1947
5.- Le Baiser de l’Hotel de Ville, 1950
6.- Bastille Day, 1949
7.- Pierrette d’Orient strolls along, 1953
8.- The Last Waltz on Bastille Day,1949
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Images: Robert Doisneau - Paris (a book I own and highly recommend)
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