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Old fashion – 1920’s

The period between the two World Wars, often considered to be the Golden Age of French fashion, was one of great change and reformation. Carriages were replaced by cars, princes and princesses lost their crowns, and haute couture found new clients in the ranks of film actresses, American heiresses, and the wives and daughters of wealthy industrialists.

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„Paris Mon Amour” by Jean-Claude Gautrand

A declaration of love to the world`s most beautiful city

At once cosmopolitan metropolis and venue for a pensive stroll, Moloch and emblem of the modern, Paris has been a source of inspiration for countless artists and writers down the ages. But not least it is the home and constant muse of a relatively young art: photography. Since the earliest days of the daguerreotype right up to our time, renowned photographers such as Joseph Nicéphore Niepce, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, and Jeanloup Sieff have lived and worked in the city of lights. Over the years a love affair developed between Paris and photography, giving rise to a remarkable record of the metropolis and a telling history of a new art form. This volume takes the reader on numerous walks, camera in hand, through the streets of Paris. Atmospheric black-and-white photos, shot by great photographers over two centuries, reveal the dramatic and the tranquil, the historic and the everyday—in the capital`s parks and gardens, boulevards and backstreets, passages and arcades, bistros and nightclubs.

Dariusz Klimczak – Photomanipulation

Dariusz Klimczak, born in 1967 in Sieradz, a graduate of Art School in Zduńska Wola, settled with his family in a village near Łeba.

Independent journalist, painter and aphorist (Grand Prix winner of the seventh edition of Aphoristic Contest in Nowy Targ, 2005).

Photorgaphy for the last 25 years has been an important part of his life, but it’s become his true passion few years ago. The former chairman of FOTOSIS (an association of photographers), Sieradz. Currently, a freelance photographer. Has exhibited his works in cities of Pabianice, Słupsk, Ostrołęka.

Prefers square frames & black and white pictures but doesn’t shun colours. In his photomanipulative works he seeks mood, joke and universal symbols,  which can  strike, make  the viewer contemplate  or laugh.

 

 

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Richard Avedon

Richard Avedon (May 15, 1923 – October 1, 2004) was an American photographer. An obituary published in The New York Times said that „his fashion and portrait photographs helped define America’s image of style, beauty and culture for the last half-century.”

In 1944, Avedon began working as an advertising photographer for a department store, but was quickly discovered by Alexey Brodovitch, the art director for the fashion magazine Harper’s Bazaar. Lillian Bassman also promoted Avedon’s career at Harper’s. In 1945 his photographs began appearing in Junior Bazaar and, a year later, in Bazaar itself.

In 1946, Avedon had set up his own studio and began providing images for magazines including Vogue and Life. He soon became the chief photographer for Harper’s Bazaar. From 1950 he also contributed photographs to Life, Look and Graphis and in 1952 became Staff Editor and photographer for Theatre Arts Magazine. Avedon did not conform to the standard technique of taking fashion photographs, where models stood emotionless and seemingly indifferent to the camera. Instead, Avedon showed models full of emotion, smiling, laughing, and, many times, in action. Towards the end of the 1950s he became dissatisfied with daylight photography and open air locations and so turned to studio photography, using strobe lighting.

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Michael Thompson

Michael Thompson was born and raised in Washington State, where he was first introduced to photography at his father’s small portrait studio. He spent his summers working with his father, then, after graduating from high school, he earned a degree from the Brooks Institute of Photography. After completing his schooling, Michael Thompson moved to New York City and began assisting the legendary photographer, Irving Penn.

Michael Thompson has since photographed models and celebrities for countless prestigious fashion magazines, including W, Details, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Vanity Fair, GQ and The New York Times Magazine.

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Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier (February 1, 1926 – April 21, 2009) was an American street photographer born in New York City. Although born in the U.S., it was in France that Maier spent most of her youth. Maier returned to the U.S. in 1951 where she took up work as a nanny and care-giver for the rest of her life. In her leisure however, Maier had begun to venture into the art of photography. Consistently taking photos over the course of five decades, she would ultimately leave over 100,000 negatives, most of them shot in Chicago and New York City.

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Annie Leibovitz

Anna-Lou „Annie” Leibovitz (born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, Leibovitz is the third of six children. She is a third-generation American whose great-grandparents were Jewish immigrants, from Central and Eastern Europe. Her father’s parents had emigrated from Romania. Her mother, Marilyn Leibovitz, was a modern dance instructor of Estonian Jewish heritage; her father, Sam Leibovitz, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. The family moved frequently with her father’s duty assignments, and she took her first pictures when he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War.

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