Thursday, March 04, 2010

Paris Izis Photo Exhibit


Inside the Paris town hall, there is currently an amazing photo exhibit by Izis. Izis (real name: Izraëlis Bidermanas) was a Lithuanian artist who emigrated to Paris in 1930 when he was 19 and worked there as a photographer - especially for Paris Match. He should be as famous as Doisneau, Ronis or Cartier-Bresson (he was even one of the "Five French Photographers" that took part in the New York MoMA exhibition in 1951), but he is not! That is why I think it's really good that Paris offers us the occasion to see his work. You wish you could see it too? Well, no worries, you can "visit" the exhibit without coming to Paris (I know you probably would prefer to!). Just click here.

28 comments:

  1. I'll check out the website for sure, but how great it would be to see it in person! How long will the exhibit be there? And have you seen it?

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  2. Oh, only there until May—dommage. But you're right, the photos are incredible and I have never heard of this person (even though I lived in Paris and worked with photographers)! As always—thanks for sharing, Eric.

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  3. Ditto, Alexa. I'll race you to Amazon to see if there are any books in print that cover this guy.
    Beautiful stuff.

    Merci autre foix...
    notre roi!

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  4. Kizmet! I was googling Izis just today, hoping to see his work online! Thanks, Eric!

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  5. Love it, love it love it! I thought I knew my Paris photographers, but I had never heard of Izis. The photos are amazing. Thanks for the link, Eric.

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  6. Thank you for this, Eric. You are right. . .I don't recognize his name, so thank you for the link to see his work. And yes, we'd all like to be there, but you provide worldwide assistance every single day to get everyone with this affliction of longing to be in Paris through their day. :-)
    -Kim

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  7. I just recieved a book by another wonderful photographer of Paris of whom I had never heard. His name is Paul Almasy. The book I got is simply named "Paris". Check it out!

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  8. Wonderful photos! Thanks for the link!

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  9. Until 29 Mai. Hmmm...seulement cinq jours apres mon anniversaire...peut-etre, c'est possible...

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  10. It must be good; there was a line to get in yesterday afternoon, but then it was a sunny day. Usually you can walk right into the exhibits at Hotel du Ville.

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  11. Je ne le connaissais pas et sans PDP je ne l'aurais certainement pas connu de sitôt. J'ai visionné une partie des vidéos du site consacré à l'exposition. C'est intéressant à découvrir : une personne, un artiste, une oeuvre, un itinéraire, une vie, son art, son héritage. J'aime bien la phrase que cite son fils : c'était un inconsolable gai! Les photos ont l'air sublimes. J'aimerais bien aller les voir de près. Paris des rêves. Oui, la réalité est autre, avec ces paradoxes et ces conflits d'intérêts. Hmm

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  12. I'm not alone, I guess, in not knowing this photographer. I visited online, and indeed he should rank with the classic photographers.

    I had the privilege to take a photojournalism course with Paul Almasy in 1932...or was it '72...at l'Ecole du Journalisme du Louvre. He was a demanding professor!

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  13. I like very much to read Your PDP and about Lithuanien artist in Paris especially:))

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  14. That's a giant of a show. Great two-colour photo Eric. You're really good at that.

    You're right, Izis is what they call a "sleeper" in the film biz. I could not even find him on Wikipedia. Merci for the links to the show, they are much appreciated.

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  15. Man, there is also a Doisneau exhibit going on at the Fondation Henri Cartier Bresson. I'm buying a lottery ticket on the way home. I have to get back to Paris!

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