SACI’s MFA in Photography students and their instructors recently went on a class field trip to Paris, France, where they attended numerous international photography related events and enjoyed being in a large metropolitan city, just a short flight away from their sojourn in Florence.
Just off the plane, they headed over to the Magnum Photos in Rue Hegesippe Moreau, where they were invited to the inauguration of the exhibition, Offside Brazil. Susan Meiselas, a long-time Magnum photographer, gave the introduction to the exhibition and slide show along with Brazilian photographers who have collaborated the Magnum to create the project. The SACI group participated in a talk which analyzed the works in the exhibition, while enjoying typical French paté, baguettes, and wine, followed by dinner in a local bistro.
The next morning, they headed to Jeu de Paume to see the retrospective exhibition of works by Garry Winogrand (through February 8, 2015) which exhibited for the first time a selection of images from approximately 6,500 rolls of film by perhaps one of the most famous modern street photographers, some never before printed prior to Winogrand’s death.
That afternoon, they took a stroll along the Champs-Élysées, and made their way over to the Grand Palais, for the most important international photography fair, Paris Photo 2014, where approximately 170 galleries specializing in photography hosted works from around the world, events, slide shows, readings, exhibitions, and a section dedicated to editorial photography. Notable solo exhibits included one of Roger Ballen, with the presentation of his new book, The Asylum of the Birds, and another exhibit of work by Margaret Bourke-White, with a selection of her platinum prints of Sugimoto. After 4 hours of touring the fair, everyone left with at least one book in hand from the specialized book shops.
Dinner out that evening in a brasserie near the Place des Victoires, and the evening free allowed for some exploration around the city. The next day with more free time, the students’ only obligation was to explore, and above all, photograph. With so much visual and cultural inspiration, the students only lacked one thing — more time in Paris. Perhaps they will return soon….
Watch the fun video filmed and edited by SACI MFA in Photography student, Hana Sackler: