Sunday, November 12, 2006

Daniel Simon - Impressions

Having missed two almost two weeks of Le mois de la photo 2006, the Month of the Photograph during November because of a business trip (zut!), I was excited to get out and enjoy a few galleries. This afternoon found me at the Galerie du Montparnasse in the 14e arrondissement of Paris featuring Daniel Simon, Daniel Simon - Impressions. Daniel Simon contributed photographs to hundreds of illustrated features during his 30 years with the Gamma Press Agency.

His work involved working for French and International Magazines but also includes book covers, film and political posters. Daniel Simon's career is typical of the "agency photographers" from the peak of an era that was all about capturing news photographs with one thing in mind: publishing them.

The exposition shows original photographs and their published representations on magazine covers, newspapers and other full-page spreads. It was surprising to see the transformation of good photographs into graphics that we take for granted when we flip through a magazine.

Daniel Simon's photographs cover the well known of the epoch such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone Signoret, Catherine Deneuve, François Mitterand and Lionel Jospin in magazines such as Le Point or Paris Match.

The Exposition runs until 15-November, 2006. This exposition is another with free entrance during Le mois de la photo 2006

Galerie du Montparnasse
55 rue du Montparnasse, 14e arrondissement.
Metro : Edgar Quinet ou Vavin
Telephone : 01 43 22 72 77
Open daily 1 pm - 8 pm

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