He will be remembered as an urbanist historian, a genuine romanticist, a lover of Paris, a Balzac of the camera, from whose work we can weave a large tapestry of French civilization.
— Berenice Abbott
Have you ever heard of the prolific photographer Eugène Atget? It would makes sense that you have not - he wasn't particularly well known in his own time, either. Despite his relative obscurity, he is considered by some to be a founding father of modern photography.
Atget was a pioneer of documentary photography in the late 1800s. He spent 30 years of his life systematically photographing "Old Paris" - the historic parts of the city that were threatened by Haussmann's grand plans to modernize the French capital. He never considered his work to be art, however, and he never left anything like an artist's statement. For Atget, this was a work of documentation - of capturing images of his city before it disappeared.
Despite this decidedly un-artistic intention, the photographs he creat...
This is the second Queer Martha treasure hunt that takes you to some of the hidden gems of Paris. Check out the first in the series here. The hunts take about 4 hours each, though you are encouraged to stop to eat and drink throughout the trip. The treasure hunts don't actually lead you to a final pile of booty - the treasure is getting through the course and living to tell the tale.
This particular treasure hunt takes you outside of Paris to St. Denis (telling you that is sort of a spoiler, sorry). After following everything happening in St. Denis over the past week, I thought it was important to post this. The news of terror and explosions and radicalism in the city is so scary, but I would hate for people to think that was all there is there. There is beauty and wonder and surprises in St. Denis, and terror won't take that away from us.
*You need 8.50 euros to complete this trip and a metro pass*
Start the hunt in the Luxembourg Gardens. To find the treasure, yo...