This is what I adore about Paris! I could virtually dedicate a day just visiting exhibitions and they come so aplenty! Why not? It’s only a 40-minute train journey from our suburban home so I might as well plan my trip. The good thing about Parisian exhibitions is, a lot of them are free so it’s not really a bank-breaking leisure activity. So after seeing the Klimt exhibit (which I don’t mind shelling out 16.50euros because the works on display were carefully transported here from Vienna), I went to see the free-for-all “Paris Magnum” expo at the Hotel de Ville. “Magnum Photos” is undeniably a legend and a visit to one of its exhibitions is the ultimate dream of serious photographers, moreso for aspiring street photographers like yours truly!
A total of 130 iconic images of photojournalism pioneers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Marc Riboud, Raymond Depardon, Martin Parr, Elliott Erwitt, among others, are displayed in one room of the Paris City Hall depicting the capital’s metamorphosis from the late 1930s up to the present: the trade union strikes, the liberation of Paris, the student protests, the war in Algeria, the 1968 student protests, the arrival of the mini-skirt, the creation of HLM’s (socialized housing), politics, celebrities and the day-to-day scenes of Parisian life.
Photography is not allowed so all these photos you are seeing, except the first one above, were gathered from the net so as to give you a flavor of what they are like. And after browsing on them, you be the judge why Street Photography is so special. We, photographers, are historians in the making. What we take now becomes a historical evidence for future generation to discover.
“There is a creative fraction of a second when you are taking a picture. Your eye must see a composition or an expression that life itself offers you, and you must know with intuition when to click the camera. That is the moment the photographer is creative. Oop! The Moment! Once you miss it, it is gone forever.”- Henri Cartier-Bresson
Spectators at Longchamp Racecourse, 1952 © Robert Capa
1953 © Marc Riboud
Paris, 1949 © Elliott Erwitt
Here are the beginnings of the photographic work of Elliott Erwitt: a mix of spontaneity, mockery and humor.
View of Notre-Dame, 1953 © Henri Cartier-Bresson
In front of the Fouquet’s on the Champs-Elysees, 1970 © Elliott Erwitt
-French Teen on a boat along the Seine, 1988 © David Alan Harvey
Zazou, the painter of the Eiffel tower, 1953 – © Marc Riboud
Paris, 1967 © Raymond Depardon
Place de l’Europe. Gare Saint Lazare, 1932 © Henri Cartier-Bresson
Town of Saint-Ouen, 1936 © David Seymour
© Henri Cartier-Bresson
Picasso in his Parisian workshop, 1944.© Robert Capa
© Martin Parr
Rue de Vaugirard, 1968 © Henri Cartier-Bresson
Liberation of Paris, 1944 © Robert Capa
1996 © Gueorgui Pinkhassov
“Paris Magnum” at Hotel de Ville
From 12 Dec to 28 March, 2015