"Excuse Me, Do You Know The Way To Paris?"

May 08, 2013  •  Leave a Comment

Une Parisienne En Amérique

Ah, Paris! City of Lights, City of Love, City of Culture, City of Photography. The history of photography, relatively short as it is, is deeply connected to this magical city. From the very invention of photography by Nicéphore Niépce and Louis Daguerre, to the beautiful and historic work of photographer Eugène Atget who in the late 1800s photographed the old Paris before modernity changed so much of it. Man Ray, the Surrealists in Paris, even Picasso himself, loved photography as a creative and documentary medium, as they worked and discussed Art in the Parisienne cafés of the day.  

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And from the work of Parisiennes like Henri Cartier-Bresson, the father of "The Decisive Moment", to many, many other artists, filmmakers and photographers, Paris has drawn a great many image makers to her streets, cafés, and alleyways. Many talk about the quality of light, and the great mixture of old world and modern Paris as subjects for photography. It has always been a vibrant, cultured city with great influence in the world of Art. Most all of the greatest artists of the 20th century have spent at least some time in Paris.

Finding your way to this delightful city should be on every photographers' list (Bucket or otherwise), to soak up the history, both photographic and artistic, and to simply deepen your appreciation for where we as photographers come from. Sit in a café with a true Parisienne cup of coffee or a Pernod, camera ready, and see the world whirl around you. Raise your camera to your eye, and click your way into the history of this great medium...  


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