Now I know what I’ll be doing for the rest of my life… As soon as I get an iPad, that is. Which may now be sooner than I had thought because the Bibliothèque nationale de France has just released Gallica for iPad. And it’s free. The app contains 240,000 books, 880,000 magazines and 470,000 images. Also original musical scores, manuscripts and other goodies. Watch the video, and download the app (French store link).
As part of a vigorous publicity campaign, the American Committee for Devastated France, a civilian relief organization, commissioned photographs and films designed to foster a humanitarian response to the plight of French refugees during and after the First World War. Full-page images ran in American newspapers and sets of prints were sold for three dollars a dozen. Among the most affecting images were portraits featuring the craggy faces of the proud, elderly farmers of Picardy and the beautiful faces of French children—some posed in shabby clothing; others neatly dressed as they engaged in volunteer-sponsored activities.
My last trip to Paris was about rediscovering the city’s artistic and architectural beauty. With my brand new digital camera and lenses, I wanted to focus on the details. In this case, as the album title suggests, the numerous faces that look at you everywhere you go.
See JR’s work at the Pompidou Center right now, and don’t miss this chance to get your own GIANT passport photo printed out while you’re there (only until September 5th). JR encourages you to stick it on a building!
Female. Lesbian. Jewish. Born in the French provincial city of Nantes. Working with Surrealist motifs which were barely acknowledged as such by the Surrealists, who – for all their talk of revolt – regarded women as little more than exotic furniture.
Wouldn’t you much rather have living, breathing Paris in your pocket? Be able to see fresh photos taken by the people who live there every day?
If you have an iPhone (or iPod touch with a camera) you should download and install Instagram. It works like Twitter, kind of, only for photos. You can follow real Parisians and wake up every day to stunning glimpses of Parisian life.
Screenshot taken from Instadesk, Mac desktop app for Instagram. The names of the Instagrammers who took these photos are in the comments.
TED-winning French street artist/activist JR (whom we talked about here) shows up in Venice (or at least his work does). More at LA Weekly, including a Google map of LA locations of work from his The Wrinkles of the City series.
Photographer couple Max & Charlotte have created a series of Where’s Waldo-inspired photos at iconic locations all over Paris. We’re not sure there actually is a Charlie to find in these photos, but it’s tons of fun to study the details.
The Steins are responsible in many ways for the turn-of-the century revolution in the visual arts through their adventurous patronage, deep ties to leading minds of the era, and legendary Paris salon gatherings.
Every year French lingerie company Aubade puts out a sexy calendar using some of the year’s ads. And you can download the calendar from the Aubade site! On this page, under Téléchargements, click Calendrier (couverture + les 12 mois).