Monday, 2 June 2014

Freund Indeed

Gisèle Freund, L'Oeil frontière : Paris 1933-1940
RMN, Paris, 2011

This exhibition catalogue from a show at the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent contains mostly black and white images, which are very good and make the smaller colour selection from 1939 jump out. Freund had a brief flirtation with Kodakchrome. I wish it had been longer as the hues and saturation are great and give the subjects a jolt of contemporaneity, albeit with a slightly sickly pallor.

Myopic James Joyce

Brainiac Walter Benjamin

Smouldering Colette

Marcel Marceau Duchamp

Sideshow Jean Cocteau

Puffin' André Breton

Smokin' Jean-Paul Satre

Chintzy Virginia Woolf

Cheery Herbert Read and Anytime Peggy Guggenheim

Old Possum T.S.Eliot

Wild Man Thornton Wilder

Ars Longa Vita Sackville-West

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