• Photo of the Week - July 18, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    In case you missed this year's Bastille Day festivities, here is a photograph taken on Monday of one of La Fête nationale's highlights. Les feux d'artifice (fireworks) were set off from les Bassins du Trocadéro opposite la tour Eiffel. Crowds gather on le Champ de Mars to watch the spectacle, which started at 11pm and lased 35 minutes. For this year's edition, the theme was "Guerre et Paix" (war and peace) in recognition of the centenary of World War I.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 11, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was taken a few years ago during the photography festival Les Rencontres d'Arles. This year's edition, Parade, officially launched this week with over fifty exhibitions showing work by the likes of Vik Muniz, David Bailey, Mitch Epstein and many others. Over the course of the festival, photographers from all over come to Arles to exhibit and visit the exhibitions that pop up all over town. At night, events like the one pictured here take over le théâtre antique, where projections and talks with the artists are organized.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 11 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - July 4, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    In honor of independence days around the globe, I chose this photograph that gives us a glimpse of la fête nationale française of 1914. It's titled Fête nationale - bal de rue avec limonaire or National Day - street ball with limonaire. French flags, dancing couples, and a fairground organ (le limonaire) fill the photographer's frame. This image was taken two weeks prior to the outbreak of World War I.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 July 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - June 27, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photograph, titled À Monaco - Montée vers le Palais, was taken over one hundred years ago using the glass plate negative process. The pathway pictured leads up to le Palais Princier de Monaco (the Prince's Palace of Monaco). At the time this photo was taken, Albert I was in power. The palace, which was built in 1191, is the official residence of the Prince of Monaco, who is currently Albert II, the son of Rainier III and Grace Kelly.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 27 June 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - June 20, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    I quite liked the references that this week's photo brought to mind. One would definitely be la Nouvelle Vague, French New Wave films by directors like Truffaut and Godard. À bout de souffle, Jean-Luc Godard's first feature-length film which was released in 1960, specifically comes to mind. Another is the work of French art star Sophie Calle, whose piece Autoportrait (la filature) I recently saw at the Carré d'Art - Musée d'art contemporain de Nîmes.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 20 June 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - June 13, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    One week ago marked the 70th Anniversary of the D-Day landings on Normandy's coast. This photograph was taken on June 6, 1944 by Robert F. Sargent, the US Coast Guard chief petty officer and photographer's mate who photographed troops landing on Omaha Beach.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 12 June 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - June 6, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo celebrates the arrival of summer in the south of France with an image that overlooks the Massif des Calanques, the range of calanques extending for 20 kilometers along the Mediterranean coast between Marseille and Cassis. The word "calanque" comes from Corsican and Occitan languages, and translates as a steep-walled inlet, bay or cove made of limestone and found along the Mediterranean coast.

    Last Updated ( Saturday, 07 June 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - May 30, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Les Rencontres d'Arles (the photography festival that takes place each year in Arles, France) is just around the corner. This year's edition begins on July 7th and continues through September 21st. The theme is 'Parade', based on the idea of the renowned festival being a stage for photography and photographers. Last year, 96,000 people visited the festival and it's specially designed exhibitions, which are often staged in historic sites.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 29 May 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - May 23, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This weekend in the small town of Saintes Maries de la Mer, the Gypsy's Pilgrimage will take place. The tradition dates back to the Middle Ages, and the procession begins from the fortified church pictured here. Built near the end of the Petit-Rhône river, the church of the Saintes Maries de la Mer was strategically positioned when it was conceived between the 9th and 12th centuries to protect the coastal town from pirate attacks. Formed in fortress fashion, its walls measure 50 feet high.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 22 May 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - May 16, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo features the recently renovated Fondation Vincent van Gogh in Arles, which opened it's doors with the exhibition VAN GOGH LIVE !. The galleries will present exhibitions of van Gogh's paintings as well as works by contemporary artists paying homage to his work. The non-profit foundation is dedicated to representing the work and legacy of the artist, especially related to the fifteen months he spent in Arles, as well as to create a center of exchange and creation, as the artist himself expressed interest in developing.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 May 2014 )
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