Bettina Rheims is a French photographer who was born in 1952 and whose father was Maurice Rheims, a famous auctioneer and art historian. She is known to be the photographer of movie stars. More than this she has been for fourty years the photographer who sublimates the women, all the women, whether famous or unknown, dressed or naked, in black & white or in colour, … One cannot remain indifferent to all this women’s beauty shown in the retrospective exhibition taking place in the Maison Européenne de la Photographie in Paris : five rooms on three floors, about 180 photographies, … A must-see until 27 March!
The MEP, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, is THE place in Paris where to see major photography exhibitions… and more. Indeed it also suggests guided tours or activities for kids, workshop courses and projections and shelters a library where a large quantity of books, periodicals and films can be looked at or viewed.
As well as the Ile Saint Louis, The Jewish area in the Marais is one of my favourite areas where to have a walk in Paris. For more than twenty years I regularly go for a walk there and even if the area has changed, even if I miss the closing of some local stores (such as Goldenberg for instance) and the opening of trendy fashion shops in place of them, I think that the ‘Rue des Rosiers’ and its surroundings are still very authentic and charming, almost as authentic as they used to be.
And this will last as long as some historical flagship stores or buildings remain there as those stores are part of the soul and history of the Jewish area: Finkelsztan, Chez Marianne, Le café des Psaumes, La Boucherie Norbert, … and of course the Jewish school in the Rue Pavée and the Synagogues, whether visible or hidden. The most important of them is in the rue des Tournelles, at the Eastern boundary of the area, and is the second largest synagogue in Paris.