Tag Archives: France

October 25

11 Bretagne

  We went to Bretagne looking for oysters, both to eat and as a photographic subject. After all, this was where Louis XIV arrived at the Bélon River on a campaign of conquest and found the Ostrea Edulis–or Edible Oyster–or Huître de Bélon–or Bélon Flat Oyster–that revolutionized seafood tastes from Paris onward. But more than mollusks, we […]

October 09

11 Père-Lachaise

Molière, Eugène Delacroix, Georges Bizet, Frédéric Chopin, Honoré de Balzac, Marcel Proust, Oscar Wilde, Sarah Bernhardt, Isadora Duncan, Gertrude Stein, Colette, Edith Piaf, Marcel Marceau, Richard Wright, Yves Montand, and Jim Morrison all slept here… And still do.

October 04

11 Sunsets

One cliché of the photography trade nowadays is that no one will buy a sunset, so why bother taking them? It proves you can get jaded about anything if you try hard enough, because nearly every night, the California beaches fill up with human beings snapping away at the heavens. Our very first sale of […]

October 03

11 Carnage

  We probably have a thousand shots like these, taken long after everyone seems to have forgotten the point of the fighting. In a few cases, the course of history was changed, but in many of the worst, like the Somme and Ypres, absolutely nothing was accomplished. Many of these bloodstained corners of the planet […]

October 03

11 Passages

  Google defines the word “passage” as “the act or process of moving through, under, over, or past something on the way from one place to another.” The key properties are movement and change, two of the great constants of human life. Somehow, in some miniscule way, we expect the other side to be different—either […]

October 03

11 Bastille Day

  The mother of all Bastille Day parades stretches on the morning of July 14 from the Arc de Triomphe down the Champs-Élysées and up Rue Royale to the Place de la Madeleine on the Right Bank of Paris. For one day each year, the ultra-civilized French put down their forks and wine glasses and […]

October 01

11 Music

  Street musicians, professionals, and contestants strut their musical stuff on two continents.  

October 01

11 Marseille

  In Anthony Bourdain’s visit to Marseille for Parts Unknown, he marvels at how a city so beautiful and well fed could have earned so ugly a reputation. He shouldn’t be surprised. The Marseillaise have been working on the unrulier bits of that reputation ever since the earliest French kings tried to lure them into joining Provence and […]

October 01

11 Fishing

  For all the news about the vast Russian and Japanese fleets vacuuming the fish population out of the ocean, it’s surprising how much of the world still relies for its seafood on commercial fishing the old, small-scale way. From oysters in the Belon River (where Louis XIV first tasted and rendered them instant delicacies), […]

September 30

11 Statuary

  The only thing these statues have in common is that, for one reason or another, they stopped us to gawk. For strange beauty, it’s hard to beat the African in the hills above Portofino. For kitch, a topless dancer outside a strip club in the Zona Rosa of Mexico City. A stained cherub, a […]