Paris en Couleurs


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Robert Capa’s photo of the ‘New Look’ (greatly enlarged as an exhibition advertisment in front of Hotel de Ville)

The photo exhibition at Hotel de Ville (Paris’s City Hall) is a definite can’t miss show. It’s worth the wait in line on a sunny afternoon in February – but some of the star attractions are surprisingly bypassed by the majority of visitors.

I’m referring to the wing devoted to the photographer Peter Cornelius, a German in Paris who has been overlooked in past years, partly because of his early demise in a car accident in 1970. If you go to this show which is a retrospective of Paris streets – and its inhabitants from the early 1900s circa 1914 to the digitally perfected era of the new millenium- don’t miss Cornelius’s simply composed photo of a woman sipping coffee at a corner cafe on Blvd. St. Germain-des-Pres.

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His photos possess a sensitivity that transcends the rest of the show. Which is not to say that other contributors are any less brilliant. Saving some favorites for last – yes, a dear friend of photographic images is here – Jean Paul Goude – with the ever dazzling Grace Jones.

And if you ever wondered – what exactly are the barricades of ’68, here is your chance to see neatly coiffed ladies with their dainty handbags and designer heels scrambling over piles of upturned cobblestones. It’s almost like being there!

Another favorite is the yellow hatted lady looking at red flowers in a Paris garden. Ponder the eye-boggling
interpretations of the Luxembourg gardens and Notre Dame at totally ‘in your face’ angles.
This show ends March 30, 2008. If you’re in town, don’t miss it!
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Photo by Chris Card Fuller ©2008

Perfect snack locale after the show? Cross the street to BHV. Take the escalators to the fifth floor ‘Self’ cafeteria and catch the show ‘Himalaya’. Beautifully composed images of Tibet to contemplate over a reasonably priced lunch complete with fruit, vegetables, salad and tasty desserts.
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Paris en Couleurs
Metro: Hotel de Ville
Hotel de Ville (Paris City Hall)
10 am to 5 pm
Free Admission.