On the evening of 15 June 2017, the Folia Gallery will host the opening reception of Une histoire d'amour à Saint-Germain-de-Près. The exhibition of works by Ed van der Elsken will be on display at the Parisian gallery until 16 September 2017.
The Dutch photographer and film maker (1925–1990) was renowned for his radical disregard for the conventions of reportage photography, and his innovative, subjective visual language.
In 1950, the photographer moved to Paris, initially working as a photo lab technician for the Magnum Photos agency. He soon began to portray the residents of Saint-Germain de Près – documenting the lives of artists, poets, free spirits and bohemians in an entirely unique, sensuous visual style. With great skill and a well-practised eye, he captured scenes of an almost cinematic nature: each of his images seems to contain an entire story. When the resulting photo book Looking for Love on the Left Bank (Une histoire d’amour à Saint Germain de Près) was published in 1956, it was instantly met with international acclaim.
The gallery’s location in the Saint-Germain-de-Près quarter of Paris – right at the heart of the Left Bank – is a most fitting venue to let these images come back to life.
Further information at Galerie Folia