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6X6 par Marcel Bovis à la Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau

«C’est très gentil de ne parler que des images, mais elles n’ont été possibles que par l’évolution bénéfique de la technique.» Marcel Bovis L’exposition présente un ensemble d’images réalisées à partir des négatifs originaux de Marcel Bovis conservés par la Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine. Le photographe fit en effet don à l’Etat le 31 janvier 1991 de l’ensemble de ses archives. Une première […]

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6X6 par Marcel Bovis à la Maison de la Photographie Robert Doisneau

«C’est très gentil de ne parler que des images, mais elles n’ont été possibles que par l’évolution bénéfique de la technique.» Marcel Bovis L’exposition présente un ensemble d’images réalisées à partir des négatifs originaux de Marcel Bovis conservés par la Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine. Le photographe fit en effet don à l’Etat le 31 janvier 1991 de l’ensemble de ses archives. Une première […]

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Ecouter la photographie sur France Inter

Pendant cette période de fêtes, je vous invite à écouter la photographie avec « Regardez-voir »  l’excellente émission  de Brigitte Patient sur France Inter le jeudi soir. Plusieurs émissions à réécouter ou à venir dont celle d’hier soir « Nos coups de coeurs photos: Expositions et Beaux livres«  une sélection des meilleures expositions et de beaux livres photos par une […]

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Ecouter la photographie sur France Inter

Pendant cette période de fêtes, je vous invite à écouter la photographie avec « Regardez-voir »  l’excellente émission  de Brigitte Patient sur France Inter le jeudi soir. Plusieurs émissions à réécouter ou à venir dont celle d’hier soir « Nos coups de coeurs photos: Expositions et Beaux livres«  une sélection des meilleures expositions et de beaux livres photos par une […]

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Prix AFD 2014 attribué à Massimo Berruti

Depuis soixante-dix ans, l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agit pour lutter contre la pauvreté et favoriser le développement dans les pays du Sud et dans l’Outre-Mer. Le Prix AFD est l’occasion pour l’agence, à travers l’image, de sensibiliser un public toujours plus large aux enjeux du développement des pays du Sud. Les photographes, en tant que témoins des […]

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Prix AFD 2014 attribué à Massimo Berruti

Depuis soixante-dix ans, l’Agence Française de Développement (AFD) agit pour lutter contre la pauvreté et favoriser le développement dans les pays du Sud et dans l’Outre-Mer. Le Prix AFD est l’occasion pour l’agence, à travers l’image, de sensibiliser un public toujours plus large aux enjeux du développement des pays du Sud. Les photographes, en tant que témoins des […]

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Participez eu jeux-concours #CIRCULAGRAM

Devenez scénographe de l’exposition au Château D’eau du Centquatre-Paris. Pour sa 5e édition, le festival Circulation(s) vous passe le relais et propose une carte blanche aux utilisateurs d’Instagram. À vous de jouer et de répondre en image aux huit photos sélectionnées et de nouer ainsi un dialogue visuel avec l’artiste ! Pour participer, rein de […]

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Participez eu jeux-concours #CIRCULAGRAM

Devenez scénographe de l’exposition au Château D’eau du Centquatre-Paris. Pour sa 5e édition, le festival Circulation(s) vous passe le relais et propose une carte blanche aux utilisateurs d’Instagram. À vous de jouer et de répondre en image aux huit photos sélectionnées et de nouer ainsi un dialogue visuel avec l’artiste ! Pour participer, rein de […]

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Frank Gehry Retrospective – Centre Pompidou

Fondation Louis Vuitton maquette – Frank Gehry
We might as well just rename October “Frank Gehry Month” in Paris: not only is the legendary architect’s spectacular, vessel-like building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton opening on the 27th October, but the first major retrospective in Europe dedicated to the his career is also opening this week at the Pompidou Centre. 
The exhibition spans the Pritzker prize winner’s work the world over, with 67 maquettes on display, from his debut in 1960s California right up to his iconic international projects today – including his most recent project, the afforementioned LVMH project – via the Guggenheim Bilbao, LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York’s IAC building and more. From room to room we see how Gehry has revolutionised architecture’s aesthetics, its social and cultural role and its relationship to the city, not only via the models on display but also through over 200 sketches – which are a long way away from tightly plotted blueprints – and Sydney Pollack’s 2006 film, “Sketches by Frank Gehry.” A must-see for fans of Gehry’s distinctive work. 
Frank Gehry
8th October 2014 – 26th January 2015 
Centre Pompidou

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Frank Gehry Retrospective – Centre Pompidou

Fondation Louis Vuitton maquette – Frank Gehry
We might as well just rename October “Frank Gehry Month” in Paris: not only is the legendary architect’s spectacular, vessel-like building for the Fondation Louis Vuitton opening on the 27th October, but the first major retrospective in Europe dedicated to the his career is also opening this week at the Pompidou Centre. 
The exhibition spans the Pritzker prize winner’s work the world over, with 67 maquettes on display, from his debut in 1960s California right up to his iconic international projects today – including his most recent project, the afforementioned LVMH project – via the Guggenheim Bilbao, LA’s Walt Disney Concert Hall, New York’s IAC building and more. From room to room we see how Gehry has revolutionised architecture’s aesthetics, its social and cultural role and its relationship to the city, not only via the models on display but also through over 200 sketches – which are a long way away from tightly plotted blueprints – and Sydney Pollack’s 2006 film, “Sketches by Frank Gehry.” A must-see for fans of Gehry’s distinctive work. 
Frank Gehry
8th October 2014 – 26th January 2015 
Centre Pompidou

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Ciel – Japanese Patisserie in Paris

Sometimes* you can have your fill of eating flaky, buttery, creamy French pastry in gilded rococo tea rooms of the Ladurgelina calibre in Paris, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego your afternoon sugar hit. The perfect foil to all that opulence is Ciel – a minimal Japanese patisserie set in a clean and airy, white space on the Left Bank, serving but one type of cake: fluffy and light angel cakes, which consist of a weightless (and butterless) sponge exterior encasing a subtle cream centre, in flavours ranging from sakura cherry, to yuzu, to earl grey to chocolate. The delectable little cloud-like cake can be eaten seated at the counter, washed down with all kinds of variations of Japanese tea, including an iced matcha latte or toasted green tea, or taken away in a beautiful origami box.  
Patisserie Ciel 
3 rue Monge, Paris 75005
*sometimes, but not often

all photos copyright Kim Laidlaw
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Ciel – Japanese Patisserie in Paris

Sometimes* you can have your fill of eating flaky, buttery, creamy French pastry in gilded rococo tea rooms of the Ladurgelina calibre in Paris, but that doesn’t mean you have to forego your afternoon sugar hit. The perfect foil to all that opulence is Ciel – a minimal Japanese patisserie set in a clean and airy, white space on the Left Bank, serving but one type of cake: fluffy and light angel cakes, which consist of a weightless (and butterless) sponge exterior encasing a subtle cream centre, in flavours ranging from sakura cherry, to yuzu, to earl grey to chocolate. The delectable little cloud-like cake can be eaten seated at the counter, washed down with all kinds of variations of Japanese tea, including an iced matcha latte or toasted green tea, or taken away in a beautiful origami box.  
Patisserie Ciel 
3 rue Monge, Paris 75005
*sometimes, but not often

all photos copyright Kim Laidlaw
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Unlocking Paris with… Maheva


Swiss by birth, but Parisian by adoption, super talented fashion designer Maheva Ambresin has lived in Paris for 10 years and counting – working her sartorial magic at a selection of stylish French ready-to-wear brands and rubbing shoulders with the cool kids along the way. We caught up with the SoPi resident and gal about town at brand new boat Playtime for the first in our new series where we ask locals for their insider tips on what to do in the capital. Here’s what Maheva told us between dips in the pool and sips of Lillet on ice.



Where’s the best place in Paris for an al fresco drink?
Paris is known for its terraces but rather than being roadside or riverside, we all want a bit of greenery, a rooftop and some sun, so I’m afraid I’m going to say Le Perchoir, as, even if – victim of its own success – there are long waiting times and a slightly irritating clientele, the two Perchoir addresses remain the most beautiful terraces in Paris. I particularly enjoy sipping on a mojito granita and lying back on a sofa with my head in the clouds of Paris.


What are your favourite places for an off-the-cuff kind of an evening?
Unplanned evenings tend to happen after work, so I’ll head towards rue Saint-Anne, stopping by the Chez Moi boutique where Jean-Baptiste lives. You’re always welcome here to chat about future projects, to flick through books and admire the latest curiosities in store. Then Kunitoraya 2 is just a couple of minutes away and I can never resist dinner here – the waiters are too cute with their 100% Japanese shyness and the prawn tempura is incredible.

Concept Store Chez Moi
Most romantic place for a date?
Definitely Buvette. Try to nab the two places at the counter in the corner to the right of the entrance. The high stools allow for a bit of sexy leg flashing, the soft lighting hides all kinds of sins if your skin isn’t looking its best, and it’s all about small-sized sharing plates so you don’t look like a pig, and you can play with each other’s forks. Oh, and CHOCOLATE MOUSSE.

Chocolate Mousse at Buvette
Where is your favourite place in Paris to hole up when it rains?  
In my bed in a man’s arms. Or, for an easier option, L’Avant Comptoir   even if it’s standing room only, you’ll want to stay to sample the dozens of tapas-sized dishes, washed down with sparkling rosé. If Yves Camdeborde wants to adopt me, I promise that I’ll never miss a family dinner ever again.

Wine and tapas-sized bites at l’Avant Comptoir
What’s your favourite local hangout?
I’m going to give you two as I love my hood and it’s too difficult to choose. So the first – and, sorry, but it’s not at all glamorous – is Le PaprikaI go for one thing and one thing only: the owner is Hungarian and serves his grandmother’s goulash – and even 10 minutes before closing time he’ll serve you, eyes full of pride to be continuing the family tradition. And the second is Caillebotte – oh go on, and the third is le Pantruche. I call them regularly begging for a table because it’s always fully booked. Both are lovely places, with friendly staff, delicious food and unbeatable prices.


Pink Grapefruit with Tarragon Ice-Cream at Caillebotte
Thanks, Maheva! We look forward to dinner at Pantruche with you soon (if you can can get us a table that is… Otherwise we’ll settle for late night goulash). Stay tuned for the next in the series of insider tips with another local unlocking Paris for us. 

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Unlocking Paris with… Maheva


Swiss by birth, but Parisian by adoption, super talented fashion designer Maheva Ambresin has lived in Paris for 10 years and counting – working her sartorial magic at a selection of stylish French ready-to-wear brands and rubbing shoulders with the cool kids along the way. We caught up with the SoPi resident and gal about town at brand new boat Playtime for the first in our new series where we ask locals for their insider tips on what to do in the capital. Here’s what Maheva told us between dips in the pool and sips of Lillet on ice.



Where’s the best place in Paris for an al fresco drink?
Paris is known for its terraces but rather than being roadside or riverside, we all want a bit of greenery, a rooftop and some sun, so I’m afraid I’m going to say Le Perchoir, as, even if – victim of its own success – there are long waiting times and a slightly irritating clientele, the two Perchoir addresses remain the most beautiful terraces in Paris. I particularly enjoy sipping on a mojito granita and lying back on a sofa with my head in the clouds of Paris.


What are your favourite places for an off-the-cuff kind of an evening?
Unplanned evenings tend to happen after work, so I’ll head towards rue Saint-Anne, stopping by the Chez Moi boutique where Jean-Baptiste lives. You’re always welcome here to chat about future projects, to flick through books and admire the latest curiosities in store. Then Kunitoraya 2 is just a couple of minutes away and I can never resist dinner here – the waiters are too cute with their 100% Japanese shyness and the prawn tempura is incredible.

Concept Store Chez Moi
Most romantic place for a date?
Definitely Buvette. Try to nab the two places at the counter in the corner to the right of the entrance. The high stools allow for a bit of sexy leg flashing, the soft lighting hides all kinds of sins if your skin isn’t looking its best, and it’s all about small-sized sharing plates so you don’t look like a pig, and you can play with each other’s forks. Oh, and CHOCOLATE MOUSSE.

Chocolate Mousse at Buvette
Where is your favourite place in Paris to hole up when it rains?  
In my bed in a man’s arms. Or, for an easier option, L’Avant Comptoir   even if it’s standing room only, you’ll want to stay to sample the dozens of tapas-sized dishes, washed down with sparkling rosé. If Yves Camdeborde wants to adopt me, I promise that I’ll never miss a family dinner ever again.

Wine and tapas-sized bites at l’Avant Comptoir
What’s your favourite local hangout?
I’m going to give you two as I love my hood and it’s too difficult to choose. So the first – and, sorry, but it’s not at all glamorous – is Le PaprikaI go for one thing and one thing only: the owner is Hungarian and serves his grandmother’s goulash – and even 10 minutes before closing time he’ll serve you, eyes full of pride to be continuing the family tradition. And the second is Caillebotte – oh go on, and the third is le Pantruche. I call them regularly begging for a table because it’s always fully booked. Both are lovely places, with friendly staff, delicious food and unbeatable prices.


Pink Grapefruit with Tarragon Ice-Cream at Caillebotte
Thanks, Maheva! We look forward to dinner at Pantruche with you soon (if you can can get us a table that is… Otherwise we’ll settle for late night goulash). Stay tuned for the next in the series of insider tips with another local unlocking Paris for us. 

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