• Photo of the week - February 20, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph pays tribute to the Carnaval de Nice, which is currently happening on the French Riviera. Taken during the carnival of 1937, and printed from a glass plate negative, the photo here gives us a glimpse of the carnaval's fête de nuit. Smoking torches held by carnaval goers and lit decorations provided a light source for the photographer, creating the shadowy silhouettes and traces of movement seen in this image.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 February 2015 )
  • Photo of the week - February 13, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo is a found image of Italian sculptor's Psyché ranimée par le baiser de l'Amour, or Psyche revived by Cupid's kiss. The marble piece dates from 1793, and is an example of Neoclassical sculpture, although the emotional energy it portrays is representative of the Romantic period, which was just emerging at the time. As noted on the side of the image, the original version of the sculpture can be seen at the Musée du Louvre.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 February 2015 )
  • Photo of the week - February 6, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    Every February in Menton, a commune located in southeastern France, La fête du citron is held. Nicknamed the Pearl of France, Menton's warm climate has made it a long time producer of citrus fruits. Created in 1934, the Lemon Festival draws over 230,000 visitors each year. It can take up to 145 tons of fruit to create the event's intricate sculptures, as seen in this week's photo.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 04 February 2015 )
  • Photo of the week - January 23, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph was taken at the French-American artist Niki de Saint Phalle's (1930-2002) current show at Le Grand Palais in Paris. The piece photographed, La Cabeza, is a giant skull covered with colored mirrors and stones that is large enough to walk into. The message the artist wanted to send with this work, which is reminiscent of Day of the Dead imagery, was hopeful - "La mort n'existe pas, life is eternal".

    Last Updated ( Friday, 23 January 2015 )
  • Photo of the week - January 16, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken during Sunday's rally in support of victims of the recent attacks in Paris. According to the Minister of the Interior, this was the largest demonstration ever witnessed in France, with an estimated 3.7 million people participating. The marche républicaine moved along boulevard Voltaire from place de la République toward place de la Nation. A second route followed boulevard de Ménilmontant to avenue Philippe-Auguste also in Paris' 11eme, the arrondissement that is home to Charlie Hebdo's offices.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 17 January 2015 )
  • Photo of the Week - January 9, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken on Wednesday night at Place de la Republique in Paris, France, where thousands gathered to protest the attack of three Islamist gunmen on Charlie Hebdo, the French satirical newspaper, which occurred earlier that day. Yesterday, the remaining staff announced that they would continue the weekly publication. Next week's edition will be printed in a increased run of one million copies.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 January 2015 )
  • Photo of the Week - January 2, 2015

    By Rachael Woodson

    For the first photo of 2015, I selected an image that was part of an album of WWI postcards and photographs belonging to Nurse Margaret Ripley. This photograph was taken in the Luxembourg Garden in January 1915, and shows three English nurses (E.M. Lear, W.A. Todd and M.A. Ripley). The three were part of the French Flag Nursing Corps, a program that provided certified British nurses (preferably French speaking) for service in French military hospitals.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 13 January 2015 )
  • Photo of the Week - December 26, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This striking photograph, for which the caption reads Vallée de Chamonix - Traversée de la Mer de Glace (Chamonix Valley - Crossing the sea of ice), was taken between 1902 and 1904 near the popular winter sports destination Chamonix-Mont-Blanc. The town, which borders Switzerland and Italy was the site of the first Winter Olympics in 1924, and the place has been known as a tourist destination since the early 19th century.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 25 December 2014 )
  • 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 )
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