“La photographie en 100 chefs-d’œuvre” is a photo exhibition that has been going on at the Bibliotheque National de Paris (BnF) since November last year. It’s been one in my list of “Must-Visits” but because of the many overlapping expos, shows and a busy diary, I kept procrastinating until I saw it quickly shown and reviewed on my favorite morning show, Telematin, that’s when I decided to go, same day, despite the strong wind and rain. Oh well, I would be under shelter of the gallery so it’s not a big deal!
The 100 photos on display are just among millions which have been with the BnF’s archives since 1851, during the time when photography was first invented and they came from donations, legal acquisitions and bequests from the artists themselves or their families or heirs. These artists were either professional photographers in their own right, or simply hobbysts or a complete unknown.
Photographing the works is not allowed of course but I have learned the art of writing down the artist’s name, the title of the work and date taken and with the help of the internet, I can post some of the photos here.
Join me in this exposition:
Swiss-American (b. 1934, Switzerland)
White Tower, 14th Street, NYC, 1948
The long jump, 1882
American (b. 1934).
Kansas city, 1965
Along with Garry Winogrand and Walker Evans, they were considered as the masters of early Street Photography
Nude bent backward, 1923
French (1900 – 1977)
Boys on the road, 1948
(This collage was made on a photo taken by Robert Doisneau.)
And last but not least, very fitting to be on the No. 100th of the list is this photo of Emile Zola relaxing in his garden:
Médan. Self-portrait with his dog Pimpin, 1895
The caption says that this great French writer and journalist was at the time living two lives, one with his real life and the other, with his mistress. It is noted though that this garden where he took the photo is his principal home.
Note: The exhibit is on until 17 February 2013