Friday, August 01, 2008

Avedon Exhibition

A few days ago, the adorable Marie and I went to see an exhibition I was dying to visit, the Richard Avedon retrospective at the Jeu de Paume museum. I've always adored Avedon's photographs, his stunning fashion shoots (model roller skating on the Place de la Concorde in the 1950's, clad in a supremely elegant suit... Veruschka seems to fly... joy always, no jaded gazes...) as well as his powerful and expressive portraits, "the unexplored continents of the human face", as he said.
Amusingly, Avedon took pictures of my other two favorite photographers, Robert Frank and Lee Friedlander...

Reflected in the poster advertising the exhibition are the trees of the Tuileries. Marie and I went for a walk through those gardens, and marveled at the toy sailboats below, that children played with in the fountains.

18 comments:

raining sheep said...

I bond with you on Richard Avedon. I have a few of his books and absolutely love his perspective and his images...I wish I could own a print by him. His work is truly stunning.

karina said...

Avedon and Veruschka in the same sentence is eyes paradise!!!!!

mansuetude said...

"the unexplored continents..." so true; and we read the map and find the inner treasures (emotions). I learn a lot from you. Great day to you and the Oracle.

Love your sailboat image--there is so often a decided tilt in your images (is it a perspective from dancing perhaps)? I always feel refreshed by its posture.

Anonymous said...

i agree with "karina"
nancy

design for mankind. said...

oh gosh--- that exhibition looks fantastic.

pve design said...

Love Avedon and many people told me I looked like Veruschka back in the day....Love Paul Frank, he has an amazing eye for set design.

A World in a PAN said...

The wood sailboats at the Tuilleries, plenty of children round the pond (somehow managing never to scream), the Louvre at one end, and the rue de on the side... a perfect Parisian shot!

marie said...

i wish id had my camera too now!
it was a great expo :)

artycho said...

I wish I could go and enjoy Avedon's great pictures! Well, your colourful picture of the sailboats at Les Tuileries is beautiful!

Vanessa said...

I've never been to Paris in the summer. Must rectify!

Jennifer Elaine said...

It could be nice to sail one of those boats across the fountain. I wonder if they would let me?

My Castle in Spain said...

Quelle chance ! je veux parler de l'expo--en plus, Paris au mois d'août..tout un poème...
:-)

Fifi Flowers said...

Aaah... back to Paris... hope you enjoying your holiday in Santa Monica.
Oh... Those toy boats are wonderful... did you by chance take any more photos... would to see more!
Fifi

MISS GLITZY said...

I really have to see this exhibition before leaving on vacations. Maybe tomorrow... Love the photo of the little boats, so colorful, I can imagine the kids playing with them. Have a nice sunday.

Octavine Illustration said...

i too am a devotee of avedon. i saw an exhibition in sf of his...absolutely incredible.

Anonymous said...

I went to the Avedon exhibition yesterday and just loved it!
I love your sailing boats too.

Mary-Laure said...

KARINA - tou write with rimes, querida! And yes the show was eyes paradise...

MANSUETUDE - it could be dancing that inspires my camera to tilt; I find it gives more movement and energy to the pictures.

PVE - oooooh, compared to the gorgeois Veruschka, you were probably very lovely! (And still are, I'm sure)
I'm not sure who Paul Frank is; the photographer I was referring to is Robert Frank, whose book "Americans" is his most famous one.

JENNIFER - hhhhm, you could go for a boat ride if you shrunk to a tiny doll size; even Benjy's too hefty fot those sailboats!!!

Esti said...

What a great opportunitty! Ojalá pudiera ver esa exhibixión por aquí...
:)