Don’t miss “Voici Paris” at Centre Georges Pompidou
By WGSN Insider

Following a recent acquisition of a photography collection from the 1920s – 1950s, Paris’ Centre Georges Pompidou “Voici Paris” exhibit covers an important selection of photographs from this seminal period in the City of Lights’ artistic history by the likes of Man Ray and more. Open through 14 January 2013.

Jan 09, 2013


Germaine Krull, Selbstporträt mit Ikarette, 1925, ©Adagp, Paris 2012

On view for only 6 more days (through Monday, 14 January 2013) at the Centre Georges Pompidou is an important collection of photography that spans three decades of artistic output in Paris by the leading photographers of the day: Man Ray, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and more. Divided into 5 distinct sections, Voici Paris outlines the defining stylistic movements that emerged over the course of these three decades, from the rise of photography as an art rather than documentary form in the 1920s to neo-classicism, surrealism, the development of the press and the need for advertising imagery, and documentation of daily social life.  In this instagram-happy world of today, Voici Paris provides a unique opportunity to see works by the original iconoclasts of photography, long before Susan Sontag’s declaration that “…Photography is dead” and the rise of photoshop and the commodification of imagery in the digital era.

Voici Paris: Modernités Photographiques, 1920 – 1950 (La Collection de Christian Bouqueret) runs through Monday 14 January 2013, every day except Tuesday from 11am – 9pm, €13.

Below, a selection of imagery on view.

Roger Parry, Untitled, circa 1930, ©Adagp, Paris 2012

Marianne Breslauer, La Rotonde, 1929, © Adagp, Paris 2012

Man Ray, Lampshade (Abat-jour), circa 1925, ©Adagp, Paris 2012

Germaine Krull, Study for Paul Poiret advertisement, 1926, ©Adagp, Paris 2012

Pierre Adam, Athlète Martiniquais, 1935, ©Adagp, Paris 2012

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