Back from a trip to Paris, I thought I'd let forumistas know about a trio of exhibitions that might appeal. Seidou Keita was a Malian photographer, who in the late 40s and through the 50s ran a small photographic studio in Bambako. For a change, this is an exhibition of photos of African people by an African. I've long been bored by the ubiquitous National Geographic approach to photographs of indigenous peoples. All too often a western, patronising approach. Keita was a fine photographer who had the ability to portray his subjects as relaxed and natural, despite the fact the images were all taken of people posing. His subjects were all ages, but the most successful are the women, and young people in general. Many were fun shots, capturing the essence off his subjects.
City Hall has an extensive exhibition of (mainly) photographs of the period the Front Populaire were in Power in the late 1930s. There are a few newsreels and a loop of a movie, as well as a number of newspapers of the time. I found the images of the general population most interesting, and that is certainly the focus of the exhibitions. Fascinating. I couldn't imagine Johnson allowing anything similar at City Hall in London; Kahn...?
Finally, an extensive exhibition at the Palais de Musique of the Velvet Underground and Andy Warhol. It was pretty thorough, a fair amount of video, newsreel, etc. I didn't learn a lot apart from some interesting detail about the extent of Lou Reed's mental health problems as an adolescent. And more importantly the 'psychiatric' treatment he was subjected to. An enjoyable couple of hours, but a little less of Lou, and more of the others...