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Le Mois de la Photo 2OO2

Paris:- Tuesday, 15. October 2002:- Two years ago I started looking for the program for the bi-annual 'Mois de la Photo' early in the year and didn't get my hands on it until it was about to begin.

This year I forgot all about it until last Friday when a reader sent an email asking for this years' program. In the cradle of photography there isn't a lot of advance fanfare for what one might expect to be a major event.

Friday was also when I went up to the Champs-Elysées to get the advance program of events for November. Imagine my surprise to find that the entire program for this year's 'Mois de la Photo' amounted to the name, the themes, the month 'November' for a date, and an InfoTel number.

So, on Saturday I went where I went last year - to Photo Muller in the Rue des Plantes - but theyphoto: camera obscura, gallery didn't have the program, like they did last year. The next-to-final stop was the public library, where I found a November issue of a photo magazine that had devoted two pages for the program.

The themes for this year's 'Mois fe la Photo' are fashion, lady fashion photographers, and 'creation' as seen by 'emerging-country' photographers. The whole 'event' is organized under the general direction of Jean-Luc Monterosso. The following list probably does not include all of the exhibitions that will be available.

It certainly does not include the exhibitions mounted by the private galleries. These are many, and some of these will be added to coming issues.

The 'MEP' - this is the info centre for the 'Mois' as well as having its own exhibitions. To be featured:-
- 12th Grand Prix Paris Match, from Thursday, 14. November until Sunday, 1. December
- 'May I Help You?' is a collective exhibition, of the fashion creations by Yohji Yamamoto. From Wednesday, 30. October until Sunday, 1. December
- Photos from the outsider mode magazine 'Citizen K.' From Wednesday, 30. October until Sunday, 1. December
- See Martha Rosler's 'Body Beautiful or Body Knows No Pain' and 'Bringing the War Home,' from Wednesday, 30. October until Sunday, 1. December
- La Grand Sommeil, by Sada Tangara, who presents 'La Rue.' From Tuesday, 29. October until Sunday, 10. November
- Folklore Fashion, by Carlos Garacoia, from Wednesday, 30 October until Sunday, 1. December
- A collective exhibition, 'Survivre à l'Apartheid,' from Wednesday, 30. October until Sunday, 1. December

From 11:00 to 20:00 daily except Monday and Tuesday. All above at the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, 5-7. Rue de Fourcy, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul or Pont-Marie. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 75 26.

Mario Rizzi - international fashion photographer, showing photos shot in Rome, Amsterdam and Berlin. From Tuesday, 15. November to Friday, 3. January 2003. At the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 67 00. No entry charge.

Sophie Ristelhueber - photos of the photographer's enfant territory, specially conceivedphoto: artists pub for this location. From Friday, 15. November until 2. February 2003. From Tuesday to Sunday; from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée Zadkine, 100-bis. Rue d'Assas, Paris 6. Métro: Notre- Dame-des-Champs or Vavin. InfoTel.: 01 55 42 77 20.

Max Penson - captured the changes in the world of the Uzbeks from the 1920s to the 1940s. From Thursday, 21. November until Sunday, 29. December. At the Bibliothèque Historique, 22. Rue Mahler, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 59 29 40.

Amérique et Europe Centrale - as seen by Evgen Bavcar, Luis Gonzalez Palma, and Milagros De Latorre. From Thursday, 14 November until Sunday, 24. November. At the Cité Internationale des Arts, 18. Rue de l'Hôtel de Ville, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 78 71 72.

1902 - 2002 - The 'National Archives' are on show along with Russian fashion photos, plus photos by Sandrine Expilly, Carole Bellache, Quentin Bertoux and Peter Gayle. From Thursday, 14. November until Sunday, 19. January 2003. Open daily except Tuesdays. From Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 17:45 and on Saturday and Sunday, from 13:45 to 17:45. At the Musée de l'Histoire de France, Hôtel de Rohan, 60. Rue des Francs- Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 60 96.

Simone Decker - photos about expos restructured, with projections at different scales. From Wednesday, 23. October until Monday, 18. November. Hours are from 12:00 to 19:00, except closed Tuesdays. At the Centre National de la Photographie, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 32. This is in the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild, and there is a second Web site for it.

Lucinda Delvin - has photographed the leisure industry in the USA. From Wednesday, 13. November until Sunday, 29. December. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 83 15.

Folklore Fashion - photos by Dawid of traditional Swedish costumes. Until Sunday, 1. December. At the Centre Culturel Suédois, 11. Rue Payenne, Paris 3. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 80 20.

Trouble En Vue - photos by Marian Penner Bancroft and Sylvie Readman. From Wednesday, 20. November until 8. February 2003. At the Centre Culturel Canadien, 5. Rue de Constantine, Paris 7. Métro: Invalides. InfoTel.: 01 44 43 21 55.

Personal Portraits - are by Maarit Hohteri and Aino Kannisto. From Wednesday, 30. October until Saturday, 30. November. At the Institut Finlandais, 60. Rue des Ecoles, Paris 5. Métro: Cluny-Sorbonne. InfoTel.: 01 40 51 89 09.

Plusieurs Versions d'Elle - portraits by Catherine Gfeffer of a 'femme fictive.' From Saturday, 9. November until Sunday, 22. December. At the Centre Culturel Suisse, 38. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 42 71 38 38.

Juan Rulfo - besides being a world-famousphoto: sunday cafes author, Juan Rulfo has also become known for his photos, taken over the past 20 years. From Friday, 15. November until Wednesday, 15. January 2003. At the Maison de l'Amérique Latine, 217. Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 75 35.

Imre Benko - has the 'Blues de Budapest' and they are on view from Wednesday, 13. November until Tuesday, 3. December. At the Institut Hongrois, in the Rue Bonaparte, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Germain. InfoTel.: 01 42 26 06 44.

I Love You Two - images from video, by Zuzanna Janin, from Friday, 8. November until Sunday, 8. December. At the Institut Polonais, 31. Rue Jean Goujon, Paris 8. Métro: Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 53 93 90 10.

ABCDF - are photo and video portraits about the complexity of living in Mexico City. From Thursday, 31. October until Wednesday, 8. January 2003. At the Centre Culturel du Mexique, 119. Rue Vieille-du-Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 61 84 44.

The cultural shop chain Fnac puts on photo exhibitions all year round in most of its locations in Paris and throughout France.

Françoise Hugier - was on a 'voyage entre mode et images' for this expo on show from Tuesday, 29. October until Saturday, 23. November. At the Fnac Etoile, 23. Rue de Ternes, Paris 17. Métro: Ternes. InfoTel.: 01 44 09 18 00.

Objects Lie... Hommage à Gertrud Stein - in photos by Elisabeth Lennard. From Tuesday, 29. October until Monday, 11. November. Starting on the same date but continuing until Saturday, 23. November, see contemporary photos from Cuba. Another mention about this collective show suggests it continues until 23. December. At the Fnac Montparnasse, 136. Rue de Rennes, Paris 6. Métro: Saint-Placide. InfoTel.: 01 49 54 30 00.

Le Regard au Coeur - is by Alberto Diaz Guttierez, aka 'Korda,' who captured Che Guevara on film. From Tuesday, 29. October until Saturday, 4. January. At the Fnac Forum des Halles, entry via Rue Pierre Lescot, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 40 41 40 00.

Cuba Révoltionaire! - is a collective exhibition, probably about Cuba. From Tuesday, 29. October until Saturday, 4. January. At the Fnac Italie-2, 30. Avenue d'Italie, Paris 13. Métro: Place de l'Italie. InfoTel.: 01 58 10 30 00.

Trottoirs - Sidewalks - is a collective exhibition, starting on Thursday and continuing until Wednesday, 15. December. At the Galerie Chantal Crousel, 52. Rue du Louvre, Paris 1. Métro: Louvre-Rivoli. InfoTel.: 01 42 77 38 87.

Salon Paris Photo - French and international photo galleries join together to put on this salon of photos, dating from the 19th century to our times. From Thursday, 14. November until Sunday, 17. November, from 11:00 to 20:00, until 22:00 on Friday and until 19:00 on Sunday. At the Carrousel du Louvre, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 41 90 47 80.

You can expect this section to eventually grow to include at least 25 commercial galleries, some of which are pure photo galleries.

Paris With a View - is a paraphrase of the photographic exhibition 'Paris au Plus Haut des Cieux,' which shows Philippe Muraro's affection for high places in the city. The series, begun in 1999, is not yet finished. Until Thursday, 31. October, from 10:00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday. At the location of the Cultural Affairs direction of the Ville de Paris in the Hôtel d'Albret, 31. Rue des Francs-Bourgeois, Paris 4. Métro: Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 84 00. No entry charge.

Electric Body - is 'backstage with Jimi Hendrix' in this anniversary exhibition with unpublished photos, and maybe a bit of guitar music too. Until Sunday, 12. January 2003, from 12:00 to 18:00 and from 10:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Monday. At the Musée de la Musique, 211. Avenue Jean-Jaurès, Paris 19. Métro: Porte de Pantin. InfoTel.: 01 44 84 44 84.

Henry Clarke - Fashion Photographer - Clarke started as a 'gofer' at Vogue's New York studio, but began his real career in Paris with an exclusive contract with Condé-Nast in 1951. Working at the top until 1991, he left his works to the Musée Galliera. Thisphoto: market cleanup year's 'Mois de la Photo' sees 200 of Clarke's works being exhibited for the first time. From Friday, 25. October until 2. March 2003 from 10:00 to 18:00, except Mondays. At the Musée Galliera, 10. Avenue Pierre-1er-de-Serbie, Paris 16. Métro: Iéna or Alma-Marceau. InfoTel.: 01 56 52 86 00.

Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or a photo expo featuring the musical Yves Montand that continues until Wednesday, 30. October. Yves Montand lived in the Place Dauphine for years, and many of the photos were taken nearby. Free entry. Except on Sundays, from 9:30 to 18:30. In the Salon d'Acceuil of the Hôtel de Ville, 29. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 4. Métro: Hôtel de Ville. InfoTel.: 01 42 76 43 43.

Au-dessus des Catacombs - note that the standard 'tour' is 1.7 km long, and there are quite a number of entry and exit stairs. Also see the exhibition 'Les Métiers du Monde Souterrain,' featuring underground jobs in photos by Jean-Yves Le Roy, to continue until March 2003. Closed on Mondays and some holidays, but open on Tuesday from 11:00 to 16:00 and from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 16:00. At the Catacombs, 1. Place Denfert-Rochereau, Paris 14. Métro: Denfert-Rochereau. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 47 63.

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