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Garry Winogrand in Paris

Garry WinograndGarry Winogrand in Paris

As my French teacher knows I’m passionated about photography, on our last lesson for this year, she had collected some articles about the current photography exhibitions in Paris. After all, Paris Photo 2014, was held at Grand Palais three weeks ago so there are plenty of exhibitions to visit all over in Paris for the moment.

However, the photographer who caught my interest was the American photographer Garry Winogrand, so I decided to see his exhibition, held at the art center, Jeu de Paume, hosting Garry Winogrands first retrospective. Luckily, on Tuesday evenings, they are open until 21h, perfect for me who works until LATE…BUT just around the corner, Place de Madeleine.

I love street photography, it documents real life..not everybody have the ability to capture the true moments and I admire those who can, among them Winogrand which is considered to be in the same leage as the American photographers Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander and the French photographers Robert Doisneau, Marc Riboud and Willy Ronis, just to mention a few.

He died at a young age, only 56 and left behind over 6 500 rolls of film, 250 000 images that he had never seen and many of them you can now see in this exhibition together with some of his iconic photos.

This is an exhibition worth seeing and you’ve got until February 8th 2015 ;-)

Garry Winogrand exhibition at Jeu de Paume – 1, Place de la Concorde, 75008 Paris

Garry Winogrand until February 8, 2015 1 place de la Concorde 75008 – See more at: http://www.colleensparis.com/2014/10/garry-winogrand-jeu-de-paume-retrospective/#sthash.IdOG025m.dpuf
Garry Winogrand until February 8, 2015 1 place de la Concorde 75008 – See more at: http://www.colleensparis.com/2014/10/garry-winogrand-jeu-de-paume-retrospective/#sthash.IdOG025m.dpuf
Garry Winogrand until February 8, 2015 1 place de la Concorde 75008 – See more at: http://www.colleensparis.com/2014/10/garry-winogrand-jeu-de-paume-retrospective/#sthash.IdOG025m.dpuf

Below you’ll find a selection of my favourite photos taken by Garry Winogrand:

“The world isn’t tidy; it’s a mess. I don’t try to make it neat” – Garry Winogrand

Garry Winogrand

New York World’s Fair 1964 © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco.
Photo : Don Ross

“When I’m photographing I see life. That’s what I deal with,”

Garry Winogrand

Democratic National Convention, Los Angeles – © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

“I look at the pictures I have done up to now, and they make me feel that who we are and what we feel and what is to become of us just doesn’t matter. Our aspirations and successes have become cheap and petty. I read the newspapers, the columnists, some books, I look at the magazines (our press). They all deal in illusions and fantasies. I can only conclude that we have lost ourselves, and that the bomb may finish the job permanently, and it just doesn’t matter, we have not loved life. I cannot accept my conclusions, and so I must continue this photographic investigation further and deeper.

Garry Winogrand

Metropolitan Opera, New York – © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Garry Winogrand

New York 1962 – © The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Discover the great works of Henri Cartier-Bresson at Centre Pompidou

Henri Cartier-Bresson, is one of our times greatest photographer and many of is photos can now be seen in the exhibition named after him at Centre Pompidou here in Paris. Since I adore is work I visited the exhibition already a few days after its opening in February. But now it’s getting to is final days so if you are in Paris and love photography this exhibition is a must :-)

Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibition at Centre Pompidou – Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris

(exhibition period February 12th – June 9th 2014)

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Henri Cartier-Bresson“It is an illusion that photos are made with the camera… they are made with the eye, heart and head.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“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.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“To photograph: it is to put on the same line of sight the head, the eye and the heart.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“A photograph is neither taken or seized by force. It offers itself up. It is the photo that takes you. One must not take photos.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“Photography is, for me, a spontaneous impulse coming from an ever attentive eye which captures the moment and its eternity.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson“You just have to live and life will give you pictures.”
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Henri Cartier-Bresson“We must avoid however, snapping away, shooting quickly and without thought, overloading ourselves with unnecessary images that clutter our memory and diminish the clarity of the whole.”

Quotes : Henri Cartier-Bresson

Rock’n’roll meets greens at Merci Merci

Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci Merci
The concept store Merci Merci in the Marais is definately worth a visit when you’re in Paris, I go there every now and then and when I had a friend visiting not long ago we went there for lunch. I brought my best friend there last summer and she loved it. Their food is so fresh and healthy I wish my office would have been located next by so I could go there everyday for lunch….

The rock planter, David Jeannerot, had with his Les Mauvaise Graines (the bad seeds) taken over Merci Merci and made it to a lush and green countrysie oasis. Chickens, goats and other animals had their little corner in the courtyard, the red card usually parked in front of the entrance had been replaced with a yellow truck surrounded by plants.

It was fun discovering how Les Mauvaise Graines had transformed Merci Merci and if I had a garden I would definately have brought a few of the plants and seeds back home. Now I got to enjoy all on place which also was nice and it was fun to read all the hard rock names the different plants and flowers had been named by Les Mauvaise Graines.

For lunch I had my favourite plate with three different salads, very fresh and delicious (I wish I could have the recipes, anyone?) and had a very green and healthy fresh pressed kale juice that had been pimped up with pineapple if I’m not wrong.

Please note that Les Mauvaise Graines was only a temporary theme at Merci Merci that finished in the end of April (sorry for posting this blog post too late)but they have their own concept store that you can read more about here.

Merci Merci - 111 boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

Les Mauvaise Graines - 25 rue Custine, 75018 Paris

Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci MerciAdorable animals in the courtyard
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci MerciLes Mauvaise Graines invasion of Merci Merci
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci MerciAt Merci Merci I would probably find most of the furnitures for my home
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci MerciRock’n’roll seeds
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci MerciDeep Purple goes green!
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci Merci Rock’n’Roll seeds
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci Merci Beautiful tiles decorating the cashier desk at Merci Merci in Paris
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci Merci My favourite plate at La Cantine, three different healthy salads
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci MerciGreenyliscious kale juice!
Les Mauvaises Graines - Merci Merci Tempting strawberry crumble pie….

Exhibition Cartier – Grand Palais

Cartier exhibition at Grand Palais in Paris
The sparkling exhibition of Cartier, one of France’s iconic companies, at Grand Palais is getting closer to it’s final day and if you have not visited it yet, you have until February 16th to do so. Not because the exhibition in itself was any extraordinary…but the objets, I’m talking about 600 jewels (the oldest dating 1847), watches, sketches, paintings and clothes that has been selected for this very unique exhibition were worth seeing.  Tiaras, one made in 1936 and worn by Queen Elizabeth, jewelleries worn by Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, world’s royals, heiresses, celebrities, socialites…all having one thing incommon, beeing passionated about shining, sparkling diamonds..no matter wars or economic depressions.

Note that the exhibition only displays jewelleries dated until 1970’s, meaning you won’t see their later creations, but then, their flagship boutique at 13 rue de la Paix is not that far away ;-)

Cartier – Le style et l’historie – Grand Palais 75008, Paris

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Cartier exhibition at Grand Palais in Paris
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BRAFA 2014

Gaspar Miro Lleó
BRAFA 2014, Brussels Antiques and Fine Art Fair, was on it’s last day yesterday. My friend asked me on Friday if I was interested to join her and her friend for a short roadtrip to Brussels on Sunday and since I love these kind of fairs and Belgium (read waffles, mussels and chocolate) I wasn’t late to say yes :-)

We met up early yesterday morning and arrived perfectly in time for lunch in Brussels in Belgium. After having delicious mussels and frites, and a waffle with whipped cream as dessert we were ready to explore the BRAFA. Since I’m very into antiques and art I enjoyed to explore the collections fo the different dealers that were exposing. We were there with a friend who’s working in a gallery in Paris but met friends that were exposing at the fair that also owns their galleries in Paris.

Next fairs I would love to visit would be TEFAF in Maastricht and the Art Basel :-)

Photos taken with my Fuji Finepix x100s

Gaspar Miro Lleó

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