The November of the Photo

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Le Mois de la Photo 2OO2

Paris:- Saturday, 2. November 2002:- Last Wednesday, which was the 30th of October, saw the city plastered with posters announcing the 'Mois de la Photo' - in November. Earlier today, while picking up an official list of 'future' events I asked for the city's little brochure for this important 'Mois,' and none were left.

Imagine - Paris,where photography was practically invented - Paris, sought by millions of camera-toting visitors per year and not a few of them photographers - Paris, why are you so secretive about your 'Mois de la Photo?'

In the two weeks since this column was last updated, I have asked every conceivable person remotely connected with photography about the 'Mois de la Photo' and the whereabouts of the program for it. Not one has been able to say, 'I know where you can get the program.' I have seen a lot of shrugged shoulders. I have seen puzzlement and heard embarrassment.

Since the last edition of the 'Mois' two years ago, the sales of digital cameras have exploded. People who don't have one have sorry excuses, as if these devices are some sort of a companion to mobile phones. Without one, you are considered to be a stuck cluck in the old 20th century.

And photography has taken up digital in a big way. Even in 'purist' journals you will see articles aboutphoto: billboard how close it is possible to come to traditional photo printing with digital equipment. Some of the exhibitions on view during the 'Mois' will feature digital prints. Can this 'democracy' be the reason that keeps the 'Mois' hidden behind a curtain?

I don't know. What I do know - from handling 50 to 75 photos a week - is you can learn a lot about photography by making lots of mistakes, mis-shots and bungles, and this costs the pocketbook nearly nothing when they are digital. Digital even makes cheapo throw-away cameras expensive.

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 is unlikely to include all of the exhibitions that will be available.

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. Until Sunday, 1. December
- Photos from the outsider mode magazine 'Citizen K.' Until Sunday, 1. December
- See Martha Rosler's 'Body Beautiful or Body Knows No Pain' and 'Bringing the War Home,' until Sunday, 1. December
- La Grand Sommeil, by Sada Tangara, who presents 'La Rue.' Until Sunday, 10. November
- Folklore Fashion, by Carlos Garacoia, until Sunday, 1. December
- A collective exhibition, 'Survivre à l'Apartheid,' 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 conceived for this location. From Friday, 15. November until 2. February 2003. From Tuesday to Sunday; fromphoto: bistro 48 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.

Paris Chante Montand - is, I guess, a musical expo or a photo expo featuring the musical Yves Montand and his Paris. This has been extended to Wednesday, 31. December. Yves Montand lived in the Place Dauphine for years, and many of the photos were taken nearby. Free entry. From 9:30 to 19:00 and from 14:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. 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.

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. This year's 'Mois de la Photo' sees 200 of Clarke's works being exhibited for the first time. 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.

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 photo exhibition 'Les Métiers du Monde Souterrain,' featuring underground jobs by Jean-Yves Le Roy, continuing 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.

In the 14th - in addition to four major exhibitions, one of which is the 'Salon National Daguerre' - there will be 17 other photo exhibitions in Paris' 14th arrondissement, lasting throughout November. The 200 photos at the Salon National Daguerre can be seen until Sunday, 17. November, from 11:00 to 18:00, and until 21:00 on Thursdays. At the annex of the Mairie, at 12. Rue Durouchoux, Paris 14. Métro: Mouton-Duvernet. InfoTel.: 01 43 22 11 72. Other locations include the public libraries George Brassens and Plaisance, the Aléa Films shop, and at the Cafés Au Cadran, Au Vrai Paris, La Comédia, Café d'Enfer, and at the galleries Caméra Obscura, Expression Libre, L'Atelier Gustave and at the Hôtel des Voyageurs - to mention only a few from a long list.

Atget, L'Art Décoratif - about 60 photos by Eugéne Atget trace his interests between 1900 and 1928. Until Sunday, 1. December, from 11:00 to 18:00 and 10:00 to 18:00 on weekends. Until 21:00 on Wednesdays after 19. November. Closed on Mondays. At the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, 107-111. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais Royal-Louvre. InfoTel.: 01 44 55 57 50.

Jean Dieuzaide - 'Une regard, un vie' is the name of this exhibition of nearly 200 photos that document Dieuzaide 's career over 50 years as a workingposter: corpus christi photographer. Until 2. February 2003. Except Mondays and holidays, open from 11:30 to 18:30. Pavillon des Arts, Porte Rambuteau, Terrace Lautréamont, 101. Rue Rambuteau, Paris 1. Métro: Châtelet-Les Halles. InfoTel.: 01 42 33 82 50.

Ordre et Disordre à l'Hôpital - is an exhibition showing the situation of interns, from learning to their fêtes. Beginning on Friday, 15. November and continuing until 25. May 2003. Except Monday, from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée de l'Assistance Publique - Hôpitaux de Paris, Hôtel de Miramion, 47. Quai de la Tour, Paris 5. Métro: Maubert-Mutualité. InfoTel.: 01 40 27 50 05.

Costumes en Liberté - by Séverine Desmarest, is an exhibition of 50 photos showing costumes and jewelry of the Comédie-Française. Beginning on Wednesday, 20. November. In the Studio Théâtre of the Comédie-Française, 99. Rue de Rivoli, Paris 1. Métro: Palais-Royal. InfoTel.: 01 44 58 98 58.

Système P - Catherine Réchard shows us do-it-yourself, invention and recycling, as practiced in prison. Until Friday, 15. November. Daily except Tuesdays; from 9:45 to 17:00. At the Musée des Arts et Traditions Populaires, in the Jardin d'Acclimatation just inside the Bois de Boulogne. Paris 16. Métro: Sablons. InfoTel.: 01 44 17 60 00.

Memories du Lieu - the photographs of Bernard Plossu are reunited on 28 banners that also contain comments made by the personal of this museum that is about to close. Until Friday, 31. January 2003. Except on Tuesday, open from 10:00 to 17:30. At the Musée des Arts d'Afrique et d'Océanie, 293. Avenue Daumésnil, Paris 12. Métro: Porte Dorée. InfoTel.: 01 43 46 51 61.

Le Portrait? - presents original photos by Brancusi, made of models he sculpted - and of the resulting sculptures which might be quite different from both the photos and the models. On purpose or by accident, it translates into art. There is a 'Part 2' to this - coming next spring. Until Monday, 30. December, from 14:00 to 18:00. Closed on Tuesdays. At the Atelier Brancusi at the Centre Pompidou, Paris 1. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 44 78 12 33.

Corpus Christi - is an exhibition of photos with Jesus Christ as the model, taken from 1855 to 2002. Frantisek Drtikol, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe and Andres Serrano are some of the photographers represented. Until Sunday, 5. January. Except Monday, daily from 10:00 to 18:30. At the Patrimoine Photographique, Hôtel de Sully, 62. Rue Saint Antoine, Paris 4. Métro: Bastille or Saint-Paul. InfoTel.: 01 42 74 47 75.

Zola - more than a photo exhibition, this show traces the three phases of Zola's life on his death's centennial. Until Sunday, 19. January. From 10:00 to 19:00; and 12:00 to 19:00 on Sundays. Closed Mondays and holidays. At the François Mitterrand site of the Bibliothèque Nationale - Tour des Nombres, at the Quai François Mauriac, Paris 13. Métro: Quai de la Gare or Bibliothèque François Mitterrand. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

1910 - Paris Inondé - a collection of 60 photos from the National Archives, showing the difficulties of life in Paris during the big flood of 1910. Until Sunday, 24. November, from 9:30 to 18:00. At the Conciergerie, Boulevard du Palais, Ile de la Cité, Paris 1. Métro: Saint-Michel or Châtelet. InfoTel.: 01 53 40 60 93.

Robert Capa, Israel - photos from the early days of the state of Israel, from the postwar reception camps to the first grand projects. Until Sunday, 5. January. Except Saturdays, daily from 11:00 to 18:00, and on Sundays from 10:00 to 18:00. At the Musée d'Art et d'Histoire du Judaïsme, Hôtel de Saint-Aignan, 71. Rue du Temple, Paris 3. Métro: Rambuteau. InfoTel.: 01 53 01 86 60.

Masterpieces - the Musée d'Orsay has just opened its new and permanent photographic gallery, which includes many photos from photography's first century - the 19th. Big names as well as unknowns are represented. For the opening, 80 of its best images are on show. Until 23. February 2003. From 10:00 to 18:00, until 21:45 on Thursdays and from 9:00 to 18:00 on Sunday. Closed on Mondays. At the Musée d'Orsay, 1. Rue de la Légion d'Honneur, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino or RER Musée d'Orsay. InfoTel.: 01 40 49 48 14. Due to remodeling, the museum's entry for visitors is on the side facing the Seine, on the Quai Anatole France. The entrance for groups is on the opposite Rue de Lille side.

James Nachtwey - this photoreporter's images of war from all fronts, from Rwanda to the USA. Until 2. March 2003, from 10:00 to 19:00 and from 12:00 to 19:00 on Sunday. Closed Mondays, 23. December and 1. January. At the Richelieu branch of the Bibliothèque Nationale, 58. Rue de Richelieu, Paris 2. Métro: Bourse. InfoTel.: 01 53 79 59 59.

When Science Joins Art - photos from the collection of the INSERM, of the life of cells and other interior visions. Until Saturday, 23. November; from 13:00 to 18:00 and from 14:00 to 22:00 from Thursday to Saturday. Closed on Sunday. At L'Etoile du Nord, 16. Rue Georgette-Agutte, Paris 18. Métro: Guy-Môquet. InfoTel.: 01 42 26 47 47.

1902 - 2002 - The 'National Archives' are on show along with Russian fashion photos, plus photos by Sandrine Expilly, Carole poster: program mois photo, paris 14Bellache, 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. 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.

Martine Aballea - an undefinable melange between conceptional art, gardening, the kitchen, literature and photos. Beginning on Wednesday, 4. December and continuing until 17. February 2003. Other than closed Tuesdays, hours are from 12:00 to 19:00. At the Centre National de la Photographie, 11. Rue Berryer, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile or George V. InfoTel.: 01 53 76 12 31. This is also in the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild.

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.

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.

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. 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-famous 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. 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.

Au Bonheur des Kimonos - may be more than a photo exhibition because it uses additional objects to show how Japan changed over three centuries to become the modern state it is today. Until Saturday, 7. December, from 14:00 to 18:00. Closed on holidays, Sundays and Mondays. At the Espace des Arts Mitsukoshi-Etoile, 3. Rue de Tilsit, Paris 8. Métro: Etoile. InfoTel.: 01 44 09 11 11.

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 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. Until Monday, 11. November. 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. 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 socialist Cuba. 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.

This section remains to be completed with the scant information available.

Elisabeth och Christine - the Café Metropole Club's member from Uppsala, Frank Watson, has an exhibition of photos of his daughters when they were much younger than they are now. On show until Saturday, 30. November. At the agreeablephoto: courtyard Café des Lettres, 53. Rue de Verneuil, Paris 7. Métro: Solférino.

Trottoirs - Sidewalks - is a collective exhibition 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.

Out of Town

Minä Sinä Me - is an exhibition featuring works by the Finnish photographers Marjaana Kella, Pekka Turunen and Heli Rekula. This exhibition continues until Wednesday, 22. December. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, from 13:00 to 18:30. To be at the Centre Photographique d'Ile-de-France, 107. Avenue de la République, in Pontault Combault. By SNCF train for 30 minutes from Gare de l'Est, in the direction of Tournan or Coulommiers and get off at Emerainville or Pontault-Combault. InfoTel.: 01 70 05 49 80.

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