Cy Twombly (1928-2011) — a celebrated painter and sculptor, but photographer as well — was American-born and educated, yet affectionately bound to European culture and sensibility. Inspired by Greek mythology and Mediterranean history, his work is rooted in the link between the past and present. While his musings on the past is at times blatant, like the litany of Greek figures ("Apollo Musagetes Phoebus Smintheus Agyieus Platanistius") scrawled on canvas, his reverence for history is more subtle in his photographic work.
The photographs, although chiefly serving as ideas and models for paintings or sculptures, reflect his thoughts on the past and the complex beauty of antiquity, in their own right. The photographs — soft, ethereal, colorful celebrations of fleeting moments — are inherently poetic. The photographs here make it clear how photography informed Twombly's successful career. We invite you to take time and pleasure in what you find in them.
— Catherine Rierson
Photos courtesy of The Lambert Collection in Avignon, France.
"My photography is a place where there are no limits. A place where I can be fearless, where I can be whomever I like"—an artist's boundless creativity, unleashed through her mobile phone.
Self-taught photographerplays — delightfully — with film photography and the very idea of photography. Taking full advantage of showing what the camera sees (sometimes over long periods of exposure) compared to what the human eye cannot or does not see, she creates rich, quirky, complex images without the aid of digital manipulation. What you see was really there (over time).
Join us behind the scenes to witness the incredible amount of craft and care that goes into producing each of these vibrant, stunning images.
During the month of November, Paris transforms into the City of Photography! The 3rd annual Festival Photo Saint-Germain-des-Pres gives viewers a chance to see a wide range of photo works — old and new — presented by 38 local art galleries all within strolling distance. The theme this year: Faces and Bodies.