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izis bidermanas – The poet of photography


Spazio Oberdan 140 photographs of one of the great humanists of 900 photographers, portrait artist and reporter
from February 12 to April 6, 2014

Born in Marijampole in Lithuania, in Tsarist Russia, Izis Bidermanas (1911-1980) runs away in the thirties from the misery of his land to get to the ‘Paris of dreams’, the capital of the painters and the Impressionists. From here, during the war, he is forced to take refuge with his family in the Limousin region.

After the liberation of Limoges, in ’44 he enlisted in the French Forces of the Interior (FFI), fascinated by the young people of the Resistance, which produces extraordinary photographic portraits. After the war he returned to Paris, where he continued his work as a portrait photographing artists, poets, writers and painters who enliven the cultural life of the city. In 1953 he published the book “Paradise on Earth”, made with Colette, where his shots translate into images the words of the writer, which describes the places you loved to go before being immobilized by the disease, such as Desert de Retz or garden Zoological Clères.

From 1949 he began to work for Paris Matchcollaborating from the first issue as a specialist in portrait, and remains in the magazine for twenty years, revealing a reporter atypical anti-event, photographer of those most unlikely. At that time his photographs date back to the work of Marc Chagall, rare examples of his precious ability to be able to capture the mood and the inspiration that move artists during creation. In 1969, devotes an entire opera, “Le Monde de Chagall”, his painter friend.

And ‘especially, however, the’ dream ‘of Paris Izis not stop looking at his photographs, one of the neighborhoods, the banks of the Seine and fairs. In the three works “Paris des Rêves” (1950), “Grand Bal du printemps” (1951) and “Paris des poètes” (1977), outlines the image of an eternal city and ahistorical.

In 1952 he published “Charmes de Londres”, the result of his escape to England with Jacques Prévert and the following year “The Queen’s People,” sull’incoronazione of Queen Elizabeth II. In 1955 he produced “Israël” and ten years later “Le Cirque d’Izis,” the best work of his extensive bibliography, which reveals his passion for the circus world.

Spazio Oberdan,
Viale Vittorio Veneto 2, Milan
12 February to 6 April 2014
Tuesdays and Thursdays h 10-22;
Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10 h – 19.30
closed on Mondays

– Full € 8.00
– Reduced € 6.50:
groups of at least 15 people, visitors over the age of 65, children 6 to 18, students up to 25 years, and holders of special coupons
– Reduced € 3.50 Special schools
– Free of charge:
children 6 years old, the disabled and carers, journalists, tourist guides, one each group, two accompanying teachers per class

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Nato a Marijampole in Lituania, nella Russia zarista, Izis Bidermanas (1911-1980) scappa negli Anni Trenta dalla miseria della sua terra per raggiungere la ‘Parigi dei sogni’, capitale dei pittori e degli Impressionisti. Da qui, durante la guerra, è costretto a rifugiarsi con la famiglia nella regione del Limousin. Dopo la liberazione di Limoges, nel ‘44 si arruola nelle Forze Francesi dell’Interno (FFI), affascinato dai giovani della Resistenza, dei quali realizza straordinari ritratti fotografici.

Finita la guerra ritorna a Parigi, dove prosegue la sua attività di ritrattista fotografando artisti, poeti, scrittori e pittori che animano la vita culturale della città. Nel 1953 pubblica il libro “Paradiso terrestre”, realizzato con Colette, in cui i suoi scatti traducono in immagini le parole della scrittrice, la quale descrive i luoghi che amava frequentare prima di essere immobilizzata dalla malattia, come i Désert de Retz o il giardino zoologico di Clères.

Dal 1949 inizia a lavorare per Paris Match, collaborando fin dal primo numero come specialista del ritratto, e rimane nella rivista per vent’anni, rivelandosi un reporter atipico, dell’anti-avvenimento, fotografo dei soggetti più improbabili. A quel periodo risalgono le sue fotografie di Marc Chagall al lavoro, rare testimonianze della sua preziosa capacità di riuscire a cogliere l’animo e l’ispirazione che muovono gli artisti durante la creazione. Nel 1969 dedica un’intera opera, “Le Monde de Chagall”, all’amico pittore.

E’ soprattutto, però, il ‘sogno’ di Parigi che Izis non smette di cercare nelle sue fotografie, tra i quartieri popolari, le rive della Senna e le fiere. Nelle tre opere “Paris des revês” (1950), “Grand Bal du printemps” (1951) e “Paris des poètes” (1977), delinea l’immagine di una città eterna e astorica.

Nel 1952 pubblica “Charmes de Londres”, frutto della sua fuga in Inghilterra con Jacques Prévert e l’anno successivo “The Queen’s People”, sull’incoronazione della Regina Elisabetta II. Nel 1955 realizza “Israël” e dieci anni più tardi “Le Cirque d’Izis”, la migliore opera della sua ricca bibliografia, che rivela la sua passione per il mondo circense.

Spazio Oberdan,
Viale Vittorio Veneto 2, Milano
12 febbraio-6 aprile 2014
martedì e giovedì h 10 – 22;
mercoledì, venerdì, sabato, domenica h 10 – 19.30;
lunedì chiuso

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Robert Doisneau: Paris


Doisneaus work immortalized the magic of Paris for posterity; this stunning compact edition, edited by the artists daughters, includes over six hundred photographs. Doisneau is celebrated for his ability to infuse images of daily life with poetic nuances that have brought enduring popular appeal to his photojournalism. This collection pairs aesthetically-composed photographs alongside snapshots that offer a more personal account of Doisneaus Paris. Organized thematically, this bookunprecedented in scopegives an entrancing tour through the gardens of Paris, along the Seine, and amid the crowds of Parisians who live in and define their magical city. An enchanting cross-section of Parisian life by one of the photographers who best captured its many charms. The New York Times, 2005

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Flammarion (27 Sep 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2080301179
  • ISBN-13: 978-2080301178
  • Product Dimensions: 25.9 x 19.9 x 3.3 cm

Gianni Berengo Gardin – Stories of a photographer

Written and researched by Amos Farnitano

GENOVA PALAZZO DUCALE 14.02 > 08.06.14
Sottoporticato di Palazzo Ducale
P.zza Matteotti, 9 – Genova
da martedì a domenica h 10-19
lunedì h 14-19

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The exhibition “Gianni Berengo Gardin – Stories of a photographer “arrives at the Palazzo Ducale in a new version
and enriched with a whole chapter devoted to Genoa.
And in Genoa Berengo Gardin back there often and always very gladly. The photographs, specially selected for
this edition of the exhibition and for the most part completely new, covering a wide period
from 1969 to 2002.
That of Berengo is a real tribute to the city. A tale affectionate, nostalgic perhaps, but without rhetoric. The port is often photographed at the invitation of Renzo Piano, become a crossroads of parallel stories: the workers, the views, the ships and the idea of ​​a landscape that changes in sentiment and consciousness towards change. Then the roads, the buildings, the houses, are superimposed on the vision, the jobs that are now gone.

entire € 11.00
reduced € 9,00 for young people up to 25 years, more than 65 years,
groups of at least 15 people and appropriate agreements,
Special reduced € 4.00 for schools and children under 18 years
The ticket office closes at 18



interview with… Eduard Frances

Written and researched by Fabrizio Pannone, Raffaele Montepaone, Roberta Pastore

Interview with ... Eduard Frances

Born in Xativa (Valencia), Spain. I am a self-taught photographer who started taking photos in 1987. I began learning about analog photography technics and chemistry laboratory. I also learnt making my own chemical formulas and emulsified paper. I have created copies in Fine Art in baryta paper in a limited edition and I have spent a big part of my time working on Ansel Adams zone system. My obsession: To take a photo which has a life of its own in Black and white. Streets are my favorite place where I try to catch with my eyes other people’s life and show it to my audience. I don’t like the manipulation of images and I never use HDR or similar technics. My passion for black and white photography and the streets makes me study the image and its light and shade to cause the greatest visual impact in my pictures.  I love the streets, this is my style and a big part of my work. My photograph  “La Pelu” is a snapshot, taken with a Nikon FM2 and Trix 400 film and printed with D76.

1 – When did you start a passion for the photography?
I started taking photos in 1987.
2 – What was your first camera?
The equipment I used in my beginning in order was the following: Nikkormat, FM2, F301, F90X,ContaxG1 and Leica M6 in 6X6 Hasselblad format. I have used many different lenses but I only usewide-angle lens nowadays.
3 – What is photography to you? And what should not be instead?
For me, photography is feelings and soul. Where one parte is about the technique and other is about soul. Capturing the life and being able to leave a historic document. On the other hand, photographyshouldn’t consist in manupulating photographs like HDR
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4 – Which masters of photography inspires you?
One of my favorite photographers was Ansel Adams and I practiced a lot of landscape photographyusing his zones system. Once I started to feel the street I changed my style immediately as I realizedhow important is to capture this world and its people.
5 – What is the photo that struck you the most of a great photographer of the story?
For me, there isn’t one exclusive photography that I can consider “the best”. There are a lot of good pictures, but the one that I admire is “The miliciano” from Robert Capa took at the Spanish Civil War.

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6 – What is your favorite technique?
The zone system, that I took from Ansel Adams.
7 – Why do street photography?
Because I want to leave my testimony to future generations and that they can see passing the time.
8 – What is your best shot and what does it represent for you?
This is what I consider my best picture. It represents life, simple has that. It’s reality.

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