- Posted By: Ken Kwok
- Posted On: 4:49 p.m. | May 22, 2014
Utter the phrase “street photography” and impossibly romantic images of Parisians sauntering along fabled cobblestone streets and living life passionately as only the French do often come to mind. Steeped in history and charm, the City of Light has long been regarded as the birthplace of street photography, with photographers like Eugene Atget, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Doisneau inspiring generations of photographers to hit the pavement seeking out their own little slice of visual poetry.
Starting May 31, the Leica Gallery Los Angeles will host an exhibition of acclaimed photojournalist Peter Turnley’s images titled “French Kiss — A Love Letter to Paris,” with an opening reception for the artist and gallery talk. Although the award-winning photographer has traveled the world over on assignment and lensed some of the most significant historical events and conflicts in the past three decades, he calls Paris his adopted home. Compiled from 40 years of taking to the streets with his camera, Turnley’s photographs offer a poignant and rather intimate view of its inhabitants engaged in private yet very public displays of affection. Turnley published a book last year of his photographs and it is evident that he holds the city and its people near and dear to his heart. “This book is my love letter to Paris. It is an expression of my profound gratitude to this city and the many people whose paths I have crossed here,” says Turnley.
The opening reception, book signing and gallery talk will be held on May 31 from 7 to 9 p.m. and is open to the public. RSVP is essential: firstname.lastname@example.org. The exhibition runs through July 5. An accompanying workshop taught by Turnley on the art of street photography is sold out.
For more information: www.leicagalleryla.com
– Ken Kwok