• Photo of the Week - December 19, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo comes just in time for the opening of la patinoire (ice skating rink) that is set up annually in front of Paris' Hôtel de Ville. Open from December 19 2014 - March 1 2015, la patinoire is free to skate, and offers skate rentals at 6€. There is a large rink that measures 1356 m2, along with a smaller one for beginners and kids. Open most nights until 10pm, it's in a beautiful location just in front of Paris' majestic city hall, which has been the site of the city's municipality since 1357.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 20 December 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - December 12, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken during a 1965 production of Tchaïkovski's Casse-noisette (The Nutcracker) at l'Opéra de Paris. The ballet was based on Alexandre Dumas' adaptation of E. T. A. Hoffman's 1816 novella The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, and premiered at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg on December 18, 1892. Tchaïkovski composed parts of the ballet in Rouen, France. Fifty years after this photo was taken, one can still see the iconic ballet at l'Opéra de Paris from the end of November until the end of December.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - December 5, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo is from Jules et Jim, one of French new wave cinema's seminal films by director François Truffaut. Released in 1962, the film was based on Henri-Pierre Roché's 1953 semi-autobiographical novel about his relationship with writer Franz Hessel (who inspired Jules) and Helen Grund, whom Hessel later married. The Cinémathèque Francaise is currently doing an exhibition on Truffaut's work, thirty years after his death at the age of 52. The exhibit retraces Truffaut's journey through archives given to the Cinémathèque, and is up until February 8th, 2015.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 09 December 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - November 28, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This year, I've noticed quite a few storefronts publicizing Thanksgiving day necessities. This photo is a prime example, capturing a butcher's window that reads "Pour Thanksgiving, Dinde sur Commande!" (For Thanksgiving, turkey to order). The épicerie 'Thanksgiving' in the marais is the place to go for stocking up on all Thanksgiving dinner ingredients. Harry's Bar, the oldest American bar in Paris (they recently celebrated their 100th anniversary) does a special Thanksgiving day lunch, with a menu of pumpkin soup, club sandwiches, cole slaw, pecan pie and brownies.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 28 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - November 21, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Here is a photograph that was taken during the French artist Daniel Buren's installation Excentrique(s) in 2012. The show was part of the series Monumenta, for which a contemporary artist is invited to create a piece inside Le Grand Palais each year. Buren installed a canopy of 377 multi-colored circular shapes, accompanied by mirrors which reflected the colored light, under which visitors could explore. The artist designed the installation over the course of two years, and the on site implementation took seven days. Light, air and volume are at the source of the work, as is the dichotomy between intimate and public space.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 21 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - November 14, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken at the Fondation Louis-Vuitton's newly inaugurated building, which was designed by Frank Gehry and is located in the Bois de Boulogne in Paris' 16th arrondissement. The new art museum and cultural center was opened in October with a program of special events including concerts by Lang Lang and Kraftwerk, and an exhibition of work by artists including Christian Boltanski, Ellsworth Kelly, Gerhard Richter, Taryn Simon and Olafur Eliasson.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - November 7, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo is from a postcard that dates from the beginning of the 20th century and shows the southern end of the Bassin de la Villette, which is the largest artificial lake in Paris. The lake, located in Paris' 19th arrondissement, was originally filled with water on December 2, 1808, and links the Canal de l'Ourcq and the Canal Saint-Martin. In the image we can spot several elements of Paris' public transportation system - over the canal's arch is the bus company kiosk, and above, the viaduct for the métro's ligne deux.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 07 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 31, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    November is officially Le Mois de la Photo in Paris. For its 18th edition, the program revolves around three themes - La photographie méditerranéenne, Anonymes et amateurs célèbres, and Au cœur de l’intime. This week's photograph is from the current exhibition at the Jeu de Paume of work by the American photograher Garry Winogrand, which runs from October 14, 2014 to February 8, 2015.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 02 November 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 24, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo, titled Jean-Paul Marcheschi avec la chienne Tagine, features the French artist Jean-Paul Marcheschi and his dog Tagine in front of one of his pieces in the mid 90s. Born in Corsica in 1951, Marcheschi is a painter and sculptor based in Paris. Inspired profoundly by Dante's Divine Comedy, he began using "the brush of fire" in his work in the mid 80s, a process which involves painting with soot, wax and smoke. In 1996, he was commissioned to do a piece for a production of Stravinsky's The Firebird at Théâtre du Capitole de Toulouse, a city where his work can also be seen in the metro station Carmes.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 24 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 17, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    These two photographs were taken in 1925, and show the parachutist Grandveaud during and after his jump off of a bridge in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The park, which is located in the northeast of Paris, is the fifth largest in Paris, and opened in 1867 at the end of Napoleon III's regime. The brick bridge from which Grandveaud jumped is 22 meters high, and came to be known as "suicide bridge" following a series of suicides. Since then, the bridge has been fenced in with wire mesh.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 )
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