A day in Paris by Esprit de France #15

Exhibitions | Outings | Cultural events
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Seeing exhibitions at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation’s little centre is always a great delight. The building itself is worthwhile; a charming old converted workshop with an Art Nouveau architecture combined with modern glass-window walls. There are two exhibition halls at the HCB, plus a beautiful upper floor where visitors can sit down, admire the listed glass canopy above and consult audiovisual archives. Photos taken by photographer Martine Frank, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s wife, are also on show on this floor.

The Foundation is currently showing works by Raymond Depardon, who shared the same interests as Henri Cartier Bresson: photography, film-making and writing.  Raymond Depardon focused on transcribing reality via various media. He co-founded the Gamma agency and developed his photojournalist’s eye without ever delving into sensationalism. In fact, his quite ordinary and peaceful pictures include the exact emotions which make his quality and originality so unique. The “Traverser” exhibition covers 60 years of photographs presented together for the first time ever. The works are divided into four categories: the Homeland in connection with Travelling, followed by Pain in connection with Imprisonment. The written explications pave the way through the photographer’s work from his debuts to today.

Previous French president, François Hollande chose to have his official portrait taken by Depardon.

On your way back, stop off at Musée Bourdelle, the Bon Marché or more modern Art at the Fondation Cartier where another photography exhibition is on show.

Wind up the day with dinner at a modern, attractive bistrot. David Lahner already runs 9 restaurants including Racines 1 and 2. Racines 2 recently left Passage des Panoramas to reopen as Racines des Près on the left bank in the 7th district. The restaurant is superbly decorated with a combination of materials and designs, creating an elegant ambience. A large marble counter in the middle of the restaurant allows diners to watch the chefs at work. Chef Alexandre Navarro plates bright, fresh produce with a myriad of flavours and textures. The Pur Madagscar chocolate soufflé tart particularly impressed us.