Angèle Etoundi Essamba (1962) is a native of Cameroon. She lives and works in Amsterdam where she learned photography at the Nederlandse Fotovakschool. The varied cultural environments in which the artist has evolved profoundly influenced her view of the world, largely dominated by her African roots. Her work combines the grace of stylized lines echoing the female body. Woman in general and black woman in particular are the key element in her approach. A woman who is sure of herself and who breaks with the clichés conveyed by the Western media. More here.
I bought amazing book. Genial old photos from Paris. Atget wrote in 1920, „I may say that I have in my possession all of Old Paris”. Indeed, he knew the city like the back of his hand and had the pictures to prove it. He captured the historical, atmospheric Paris: churches, monuments, and buildings, as well as bars, shop windows, street-peddlers, and prostitutes. Traversing all of its layers, he immortalized the true spirit of Old Paris.
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.