Ah, Paris….and Parisians ! Stereotypes about Parisians have feed the imagination of numerous writers and filmmakers. they have long used the French capital as fodder, with the glittering Eiffel Tower serving as a metaphor for all that is supposedly romantic, sophisticated and glorious.
At the same time, Parisians are still routinely assumed to possess unpleasant character traits, from rudeness to laziness. But while Paris and its inhabitants seem to have reputations so solidly formed as to be almost indisputable, stereotypes about Parsians and preconceived notions have a way of blinding travelers to the diversity and complexity of a culture as they experience it. So while some of the myths and cliches may hold an occasional grain of truth, most of the time they simply will keep you from encountering Parisian culture in an authentic way.
For 35 years, the world famous English photographer Martin Parr has been capturing everyday scenarios of ordinary people. This year, the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris gave him free reign to present his vision of Paris. He captured Parisians and tourists alike, with their tics and their tocks, their flaws and their faults, their small triumphs and their big dreams. During Fashion Week, eating oeufs à la coque, near the Mona Lisa, strolling along the Seine, at the Champs Elysées, at the annual agriculture conference … Sometimes rude, often mocking but always well-intentioned, these sixty clichés are perspiring with reality. Whoever can’t find it, raise your hand.
Paris par Martin Parr http://www.mep-fr.org/evenement/martin-parr-2/
Maison Européenne de la Photographie
5/7 rue Fourcy Paris 4e, Métro Saint Paul
From Wednesday to Sunday, 11AM to 7:45PM Normal entry rate is 8 euros, reduced entry 4.5 euros
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