The Carnavalet Museum presents the Parisian work of one of the most famous photographers of the 20th century, Eugène Atget (Libourne, 1857 – Paris, 1927).
The exhibition proposes a selection of 230 prints created in Paris between 1898 and 1927.
This retrospective, which brings together some well-known images and others previously unseen, paints an unusual portrait of the capital, far from the clichés of the Belle Époque. Visitors will discover the streets of the Paris of old, the gardens, the quays of the Seine, the former boutiques and the travelling salesmen. Atget’s photographs also reveal the changes in his processes: when he started out, this self-taught photographer tried to bring together landscapes and motifs and then images of Paris streets, in order to sell them to artists as models. It was when he dedicated himself to the streets of Paris that he attracted the attention of prestigious institutions such as the Carnavalet Museum and the National Library, which were to become his main clients until the end of his life.
Misha Gordin was born in 1946, the first year after World War II ended. Having survived the hardships of evacuation, Gordin’s parents returned back home to Riga, Latvia, after the war which was then under Soviet occupation. Growing up among the Russian speaking population of Latvia, Russian became Gordin’s root culture. He graduated from the technical college as an aviation engineer but never worked as such. Instead he joined Riga Motion Studios as a designer of equipment for special effects. At this time social realism was an official culture of the country and having little formal knowledge about art, Gordin did not care about it too much. Information about modern western art was scarcely available.
This free exhibition of photographic portraits celebrates athletes and those working behind the scenes to make the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games happen and includes new work by the most recently commissioned photographers.
The three-year National Portrait Gallery/BT Road to 2012 project followed the journey that began in 1997 when London prepared to bid to host the Olympic and Paralympic Games. BT, the official communications services partner for London 2012, and a Premier Partner of the London Festival has supported the National Portrait Gallery to create this lasting record of the people contributing to the success of the world’s biggest sporting event.
In the 1930s, as the public began to feel the effects of the Great Depression, many designers found that crises are not the time for experimentation. Fashion became more compromising, aspiring to preserve feminism’s victories while rediscovering a subtle and reassuring elegance and sophistication. Overall, 1930s clothing was somber and modest, reflecting the difficult social and economic situation of the decade. Women’s fashions moved away from the brash, daring style of the 1920s towards a more romantic, feminine silhouette. The waistline was restored, hemlines dropped, there was renewed appreciation of the bust, and backless evening gowns and soft, slim-fitting day dresses became popular. The female body was remodeled into a more neo-classical shape, and slim, toned, and athletic bodies came into vogue. The fashion for outdoor activities stimulated couturiers to manufacture what would today be referred to as „sportswear.” The term „ready-to-wear” was not yet widely in use, but the boutiques already described such clothes as being „for sport.”
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.
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.