MAISON EUROPÉENNE DE LA PHOTOGRAPHIE, PARIS
Museums dedicated to still photography are my spiritual sanctuaries and I seek them out when traveling to new cities. I'd been to Paris before but it was USF photo professor and self-professed Francophile Lou Marcus who told me to visit the Maison Européene de la Photographie in the Marais. The four-story building has the feel of a lavish home and each floor is usually a dedicated space for one photographer. I spent over an hour here one morning in Spring 2009 and made this picture from the stairwell, having just seen an amazing exhibition of photos by Gérard Uféras.
I blame the Polish brothers and their iTunes film phenomenon "For Lovers Only" for reigniting my passion for Paris and my longing for a fall trip this year or as soon as possible. Shot in Paris in 2010 on a shoestring budget using a set of Canon 5d mkII cameras and no crew and no lighting, the film gives a nod to Godard and Truffaut but has the whimsical feel of a Guess jeans ad. It tells the story of a travel photographer (who of course shoots a Leica) who stumbles into an old love on the streets of Paris and they reignite their former love for a carefree odyssey (on a BMW motorcycle) across France. It's an interesting ride and a real inspiration for indie filmmakers.