Lieux-dits | Elise Prudhomme at Studio Galerie B&B

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Black and white photograph of the moat and enivrons at Château de Tanlay, Burgundy, France.  Analog photography series entitled Lieux-dits by Elise Prudhomme.

5 – 17 November 2019 OPENING Tuesday 5 November at 6 pm GALLERY HOURS : Tuesday – Friday from 3 – 7 pm, Saturday & Sunday from 2 – 7 pm Lieux-dits [Said Places] | Elise Prudhomme Photographic author, Elise Prudhomme, uses her many cameras to explore the possibilities and limits of the medium. Her subject matter varies from Landscape, Portraits or Interior Spaces but throughout there is a humor, irony and an appreciation of the surreal. Her latest exhibition is Lieux-dits. This is a French toponymic term that literally translates as “Said Places”. It refers to small geographical locations that bear traditional names often based on some characteristic of the place, its former use, or a past event. These photographs represent events as well as places, as in a memoir. One single shot was not enough to express the feeling engendered by the locale. Through a creative use of multiple perspectives and points of view to generate diverse reference points, the emotions associated with these toponyms are anchored in memory. Photographe auteur, Élise Prudhomme explore des procédés créatifs de photographie depuis la prise de vue jusqu’au tirage. La matérialisation d’idées sur un support sensible inspire le traitement du sujet … Read More

Lieux-dits | Opening night at Galerie B&B

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Images taken at opening night of the photography exhibition "Lieux-dits" by Elise Prudhomme at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.

Exhibition opening of Lieux-dits at Studio Galerie B&B I am so pleased to be exhibiting this new photographic series entitled “Lieux-dits” at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.  Here are a few photos of the exhibition and opening and below is a video that shows the installation. Wall space being limited, we will continue to change out different prints from the same series starting tomorrow night.  These large format pigment prints on Awagami paper are made from 6 x 18 cm film negatives and all effects are made “in camera”. Installation vidéo Exposition du 5 – 22 novembre 2018 Vernissage le mardi 6 novembre de 18h à 21h Studio Galerie B&B 6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris info@studiogaleriebb.com

Lieux-dits [Said Places] | Exhibition at Galerie B&B

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Exhibition announcement for the new analog photography series by Elise Prudhomme entitled Lieux-dits. Works from the series exhibited at Studio Galerie B&B.

Lieux-dits | New series exhibited at Studio Galerie B&B Photographic author, I use a variety of analog and digital cameras to explore the possibilities and limits of the medium. While my choice of subject matter varies from Landscape, Portraits or Interior Spaces throughout there is a humor, irony and an appreciation of the surreal. My latest series is titled “Lieux-dits”. This is a French toponymic term that literally translates as “Said Places”. It refers to small geographical locations that bear traditional names often based on some characteristic of the place, its former use, or a past event. These photographs represent events as well as places, as in a memoir. One single shot was not enough to express the feeling engendered by the locale. Through a creative use of multiple exposures to generate diverse reference points, the emotions associated with the “Lieux-dits” are anchored in memory. Taken during travels, when my sensitivity to my surrounds was most acute, they relate tales of encounters, lights and foreign languages during an adventurous time in my life. Lieux-dits | Nouvelle série exposée au Studio Galerie B&B Photographe auteur,  j’explore des procédés créatifs de photographie depuis la prise de vue jusqu’au tirage. La matérialisation d’idées … Read More

Cross-Cultural Fairy Tales, or A Yarn Well-Spun

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Entrance to the Château de Maulmont, Saint-Priest-Bramefant, France.

Cross-Cultural Fairy Tales, or A Yarn Well-Spun One fine Saturday in June the stage was set for a celebration of Love and Life at the historical Château de Maulmont located in the Auvergne region of France.  Having fallen in love with France first, and her husband-to-be second, my girlfriend discovered this quintessentially French hunting lodge not far from her fiancé’s native town of Vichy and planned a fabulous wedding party where their guests could lodge on premises. In a miniature re-enactment of a French Court assembly, she booked the entire château including rooms for family and friends traveling from afar, local friends with small children and couples who would enjoy partaking of a true Château experience. A little history about this charming location: Originally a Templar’s stronghold in the 13th century built by Renaud de Vichy after returning home from the crusades, the château was acquired by Guillaume de Maulmont in an exchange with Phillipe Le Bel (then King of France).  In 1829 it became the property of Princess Adelaïde Louise d’Orléans, sister of King Louis Philippe d’Orléans, who also owned the royal estate in Randan.  Princess Adelaïde demolished old Templar ruins and commissioned the construction a hunting lodge by … Read More

Wedding Reception at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée

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Table setting for formal dinner at wedding reception at the Cercle de l'Union Interalliée, Paris, France.

Georgina and Amal’s Wedding Reception at the Cercle de l’Union Interalliée The mother of the bride called me to ask if I could photograph her daughter’s wedding reception at a beautiful venue in Paris, France – Le Cercle de l’Union Interalliée, and naturally I accepted.  What a thrill to penetrate the halls of such a venerable institution as this and for a perfect reason; to photograph a young couple about to engage in the vows of marriage.  Indeed the real wedding will take place in India, so this Parisian event was the only moment that friends and family unable to travel to India could celebrate the bride and groom to be. A little history.  The Union Interalliée was founded in 1917 at the point when the United States entered into the war.  The founders conceived of a place where officers and personalities of the Allied nations could rejoin and give each other moral support and share resources.  Receiving support from many, they were able to acquire the hotel Henri de Rothschild in 1920 and thereby encourage diplomatic relations between the allied nations.  The building is situated on rue Faubourg Saint Honoré, just down the street from the Elysée Palace and … Read More

Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À découvert] at Studio Galerie B&B during Mois de la Photo OFF 2017

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Elise Prudhomme exhibits at Studio Galerie B&B during Mois de la Photo OFF 2017.

Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À découvert] Using a medium format film camera, I conceived, shot (using myself as a model) and hand-developed these photographs during travels in the United States, Italy and Switzerland from 1988 – 1991.  The silver-gelatin prints were made by myself in a traditional analog darkroom in 2014 – 2015.  You can see this series during the Mois de la Photo OFF (Photography Month OFF) from 28 March to 23 April at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France. Here are a few images of the exhibition and opening. Studio Galerie B&B 6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris info@studiogaleriebb.com

Exposed [À découvert] | Exhibition during Mois de la Photo OFF at Studio Galerie B&B

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Exhibition Poster for Exposed (A découvert) at Studio Galerie B&B from 28 March to 23 April 2017

Exposed [À découvert] exhibited during Mois de la Photo OFF from 28 March – 23 April 2017 In the midst of a garden, of the forest, perched on a tree branch or lodged in the shade of foliage, the naked body, divinely animal, inscribes itself in the order of nature.  But is there a place for it in the order of the real? The artist does not seem quite freed from this nostalgia of fusion with the maternal realm. For a moment, hidden at the top of a tree-refuge, she becomes a bird. The photographer’s eye forges unceasing images of a paradise where recovering the voluptuousness of flight proper to creation is the greatest desire. – translated from the text by Patricia Bourcillier Exposed is the first part of a body of work that I began in the 80s on the exploration of self and the photographic medium. It is followed, in the 90s, by a more intimate series called Self-consciousness. Au milieu d’un jardin, de la forêt, perché sur la branche d’un arbre ou lové à l’ombre du feuillage, le corps nu, divinement animal, s’inscrit dans l’ordre de la nature. Mais y a-t-il sa place dans l’ordre du réel … Read More

Exhibition opening of Wild Wild West at Studio Galerie B&B

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Elise Prudhomme exhibits new color work from her series "Wild Wild West" at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris, France.

Exhibition Opening of Wild Wild West | Studio Galerie B&B It was another memorable full-house at Studio Galerie B&B for the exhibition opening of “A Little Further West” (Un peu plus à l’ouest) featuring black and white photographs by Philippe Bachelier “Ouessantine Promenades” and new color work by Elise Prudhomme from her series Wild Wild West.  Here are a few photos taken during the evening! The show is on until 23 December 2016 and will reopen in January 2017. Studio Galerie B&B 6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris info@studiogaleriebb.com

Wild Wild West | Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris

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Elise Prudhomme photography exhibition entitled Wild Wild West

Wild Wild West | Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris from 13 – 23 December 2016 Honoring the centennial of America’s National Park Service, Elise Prudhomme presents “Wild Wild West” a contemporary study of Western American landscapes faced with man’s appropriation of them.  While contemplating the landscape definitely involves an aesthetic act, appropriating the landscape implies an act of transformation. Transformed into places of recreation, habitation or consumption, the evolution of these landscapes reveals a new picturesque. A l’occasion du centenaire pour la création des Parcs Nationaux aux Etats-Unis, Elise Prudhomme présente « Wild Wild West » une étude contemporaine sur les paysages d’Amérique de l’Ouest face à l’homme qui se les approprie. Tandis que contempler le paysage signifie assurément faire intervenir un acte esthétique, s’approprier le paysage implique un acte de transformation. Transformés en lieux de récréation, habitation ou consommation, il en résulte de nos paysages d’aujourd’hui un nouveau pittoresque. Exposition du 13 au 23 décembre 2016 Vernissage le mardi 13 décembre de 18h à 21h Studio Galerie B&B 6 bis rue des Récollets – 75010 Paris info@studiogaleriebb.com

Modern residence and garden by Taliesin West architect

Architecture, Blog article, Decoration, Interiors

A modern example of Organic Architecture by Taliesin West architect This modern residence and formal garden located in Western Oregon was designed and constructed by a graduate of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture at Taliesin West.  His interest in learning the principles of Organic Architecture, as Frank Lloyd Wright referred to his own work, is underlined by Wright’s words; “Learn the principles and do not copy me.” The principles of Organic Architecture encompass an overall design process where everything relates to one another both on the inside and the outside. The relationship of the building to its natural surroundings is as important as the details in its interior – from the windows, to the floors, to the furniture that fills the space. Organic Architecture covers the construction materials, motifs and design principles which work together as a unified whole to build a central mood and theme. The fundamental design of this architect’s home which includes broad cantilevers, horizontal lines and open interior space, all strong elements of Organic Architecture, give this private residence a ‘Wright look’.  After twenty one years, this house still maintains that timeless quality that Frank Lloyd Wright’s homes are known for. A quote from … Read More

The Gordon House | Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian vision

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The Gordon House | Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian vision The Oregon Garden welcomed one of the last of the ‘Usonian’ home series designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1957 for Evelyn and Conrad Gordon, The Gordon House, which its 2001 owners wished to tear down. The building was dismantled and restored to its new environment in Silverton. Designed for the American working-class consumer, a Usonian home was a small, single-story house constructed with native materials. It had a flat roof and cantilevered overhangs for energy efficiency and clerestory windows to enhance the visual relationship between interior and exterior. A carport (word coined by Wright) served to shelter a parked vehicle. These homes, of which Wright designed about sixty, are considered to be an aesthetic precursor to ranch-style dwellings.

Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À Découvert] | Studio Galerie B&B

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Exhibition Opening of Exposed [À Découvert] | Studio Galerie B&B Here are a few glimpses of the exhibition opening for my new fine art series Exposed [À Découvert]. We had a fabulous time! There was barely a crumb left for a mouse at the end of the evening and the fogged in windows told the “tail”. This series is on exhibit at Studio Galerie B&B in Paris from 8 – 25 December 2015. Opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday and Sunday 10am – 7pm. Studio Galerie B&B 6 bis rue des Récollets 75010 Paris

Exposed [À Découvert] | Exhibition in Paris at Studio Galerie B&B

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American Gothic Revisited, Pennsylvania, USA. (series Modern Times) by Elise Prudhomme.

Studio Galerie B&B Exhibition in Paris | Exposed [À Découvert] Thirty-eight limited edition black and white silver-gelatin prints from the unpublished series entitled EXPOSED will be exhibited for the first time at Studio Galerie B&B. Opening: Thursday 10 December at 6pm Gallery hours: Tuesday – Friday 3pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am – 8pm, Sunday 10am – 6pm Trente-huit tirages noir et blanc gélatino-argentique en édition limitée d’un travail inédit intitulé À DECOUVERT seront présentés pour la première fois à Studio Galerie B&B du 8 – 25 décembre 2015. Vernissage: Jeudi 10 décembre à partir de 18h Horaires d’ouverture: mardi – vendredi 15h à 20h, samedi 10h – 20h, dimanche 10h – 18h

Sands of Time | Exhibition at Nordkraft Concept-Store in Paris

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Sands of Time |  Exhibition at Nordkraft Concept-Store in Paris The exhibition Sands of Time at Nordkraft Concept-Store runs from 4 – 29 November, on the occasion of the Rencontres Photographiques du 10ème.  The selection of analog 8×10″ contact prints, as well as larger format 50×60 cm archival quality digital prints, can be purchased by contacting Elise Prudhomme directly. Nordkraft – 20 rue Lucien Sampaix – 75010 Paris

Parisian interiors: design and architecture

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Photograph of the designer interior of Le Georges restaurant, Paris, France.  This image is included in the Architecture Portfolio of Elise Prudhomme Photographer

Paris, seen from the inside For the past several years, I have been photographing Parisian interiors for home owners and rental agencies.  Using ambient light and tripod, working with long exposures and a low ISO, I render these spaces without artifice.  I am beginning to amass quite a collection of images showing the Parisian lifestyle at it’s most intimate: “chez soi” (seen from the inside).  The above chapter on Residential Interiors from my Architecture Portfolio includes some of this work.

Open House at DLP Paris

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Open house event photo shoot at DLP Paris DLP Paris, a production/animation company in Paris, asked me to photograph their open house cocktail party.  They could not decide between a standard photo shoot and formal studio portraits of their clients to be offered as gifts, so they chose both. I set up a Mad Men-style studio on site, using office furniture as a backdrop; a couple of stylish leather and chrome armchairs and a decorative Fresnel-ish lamp.  While encouraging guests to step into the ‘boudoir’ for a studio shoot, I worked the event with an on-camera flash (Mark III for the reportage and Hasselblad digital back for the studio portraits).  The art director was very pleased with the results! www.dlpparis.com

Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B

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Entre Côtes | Photography Exhibition at Studio Galerie B&B From December 9, a sea wind will blow on Studio Gallery B&B at the occasion of the exhibition of two photographers, Entre Côtes. Elise Prudhomme presents a new series of large format pinhole photographs entitled Sands of Time, extract of an ongoing project on the evolution of the cultural landscape and the emergence of a new picturesque in the Cotentin. From the Atlantic coast to the inland, Philippe Bachelier walked his cameras through the Basque country on both sides of the Pyrénées. His black and white landscapes, printed silver-gelatin paper, recount the changing lights of the ocean and the perennial energy of nature. A partir du 9 décembre, un vent iodé soufflera sur le Studio Galerie B&B à l’occasion de l’exposition de ses deux photographes Entre Côtes. Elise Prudhomme expose une série de sténopés grand format intitulé Sands of Time, extraite d’un projet en cours sur l’évolution du paysage culturel et l’émergence d’un nouveau pittoresque dans le Cotentin. De la côte atlantique à l’intérieur des terres, Philippe Bachelier a promené ses appareils photo dans le Pays Basque, des deux côtés des Pyrénées. Leurs paysages en noir et blanc, tirés sur papier … Read More

Parisian Prom Portraits

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Large format film portrait taken during Prom night at the Lawn Tennis Club in Saint Mande, France 2014 by Elise Prudhomme.

Parisian Prom Portraits Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose – Gertrude Stein I was asked to photograph a Parisian school prom and the theme was The Roaring 20’s.  Two outdoor studio setups, a 4×5 film camera, a Hasselblad digital back and a tennis club.  It was a challenging technical adventure and a wonderful portrait opportunity!

My Conquest of Space: a selection of photographs

Exhibitions, Texts

View of the back of Le Bourget Air and Space Museum as seen from a Boeing 747, France, 2012 by Elise Prudhomme

My conquest of space To close the 2013 season primarily dedicated to my photographic work Yours, mine, Le Nôtre’s, I propose a medley of my hobbies and my world, bonified by time like a Christmas Pudding. If a theme were necessary, it would be around landscapes whether rural or urban, and our modest or massive footprint on this earth. This is also an opportunity for me to revisit places that have built my relationship to the world (the United States, Italy and France) and evoke ongoing projects: You’ve Got Mail, The Glorious 30’s. Finally, I present a selection of findings from daily work that fill me with joy as a photographer. Ma conquête des espaces Pour clore la saison 2013 principalement dédiée à mon travail photographique Le tien, le mien, Le Nôtre, je propose un pot-pourri de mes marottes et de mon univers, bonifiés par le temps tel un Christmas Pudding.  S’il fallait un thème, il serait autour des paysages qu’ils soient champêtres ou urbains et de notre modeste ou imposante empreinte sur cette terre. C’est aussi l’occasion pour moi de revisiter des lieux qui ont construits mon rapport avec le monde (les États-Unis, l’Italie et la France) et d’évoquer … Read More