London calling….

I spent the winter holidays in London at my teenaged daughter’s urging. I asked her to consider a warmer clime, but she was adamant. She has used up her chips, for the predictable future. It was — surprise — cold, rainy, and crowded. Yet I hadn’t been to London since 1989 (I can’t believe that). […]

Touching Strangers and other heart tugging projects

I’ve come late to the Richard Renaldi party, but I’m here now, thanks to my friend Marcia Hohler. Renaldi is a New York based photographer whose recent projects include an extraordinary series, soon to be an Aperture book, called Touching Strangers. Let’s start with an image from that project: Before Renaldi introduced this trio on […]

Greening our world from the bottom up

Robert Doisneau’s house on the outskirts of Paris is now a photography gallery. You take the RER B to Gentilly, in Zone 2 — it will cost more returning to Paris than it does getting out there. The suburb is a jumble of new and old, much more so than inside the Periphique, it seems. […]

Chants de cafe aux berges de Seine

The globeranging photographer Reza has mounted a stunning and irresistible exhibit on the banks of the Seine: les berges de Seine, Paris’s new playground. No, it’s not just the sandy beaches (plages) of summer, but I’ll get back to those berges. The exhibit, sponsored by the coffee boutique company Nespresso, marks the tenth anniversary of […]

Show and tell

I’ve been hit upside the head this week by a handful of contemporary photographers who demonstrate the power of photos to move us, teach us, mess with our heads, and motivate us. Having seen Andrade’s rue de Rosiers exhibit at the Musée d’art et d’histoire de Judaïsme, and Graeme Williams’s “Frames of Change” about South Africa after […]

South Africa from black and white to color

In Paris, the end of the summer exhibits seems to coincide with la rentreé, the return, when schoolchildren go back to the classroom and adults face another work year. Graeme Williams’s extensive exhibit of South African photos, “Frames of Change,” has just ended at the Agence VU’ gallery in central Paris. I am getting pretty […]