Eli Lotar at the Jeu de Paume

Art, Photography Jeu de Paume , 8th arrondissement Until Sunday May 28 2017
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Sans titre 1931 Eli Lotar Épreuve gélatino-argentique d’époque, 29,9 x 39,3 cm. Don de M. Jean-Pierre Marchand en 2009, collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, MNAM-CCI.
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Sans titre Vers 1933-1935 Eli Lotar Épreuve gélatino-argentique d’époque, 28,9 x 38,9 cm. Don de M. Jean-Pierre Marchand en 2009, collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, MNAM-CCI.
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Portrait de l’actrice Wanda Vangen 1929 Eli Lotar Épreuve gélatino-argentique d’époque, 24 x 17,9 cm. Achat en 1992, collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, MNAM-CCI.
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Aubervilliers (Film) 1945-1946 Eli Lotar Épreuve gélatino-argentique d’époque, 18 x 24 cm,. Don de M. Jean-Pierre Marchand en 2009, collection Centre Pompidou, Paris, MNAM-CCI.

A retrospective of little-known French realist photographer Eli Lotar.

A photographer with a keen eye, Eli Lotar has been given full recognition in an exhibition of rare beauty at the Jeu de Paume. Comprising one hundred photos, viewers are taken on a journey through the avant-garde, devilishly modern and surprisingly surreal work of this contemporary photographer, who can be compared to Germaine Krull, Luis Bunuel and Giacometti.

A photojournalist for publications like Detective, VU and L’art vivant in the thirties, Lotar’s original prints, as well as press cuttings are on show. This Parisian was a product of his time, of his city and of the men who made it. His realism can also be seen in his cinematographic work, such as his twenty-four minute film about the Parisian ghetto of Aubervilliers. Politically committed, tenacious and dedicated, he lifted the lid on the awful conditions in which the residents lived, with a tender eye.  

Each photo is heartfelt and shows the talent of this insightful photographer, whose visionary avant-gardism brings to light the lives of the fragile, the poor and the creative. A much-needed retrospective, Jeu de Paume presents Lotar’s work as part of a wider history. Guaranteed to coax you back to the Paris of yesteryear. 

TRANSLATION: MEGAN CARNEGIE

By: Elise Boutié

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Venue name: Jeu de Paume
Address: 1 place de la Concorde
8e
Paris

Opening hours: noon-9pm Tue; noon-7pm Wed-Fri; 10am-7pm Sat, Sun (last entry 30mins before closing)
Transport: Métro Concorde
Price: €7.50-10
Event website: http://www.jeudepaume.org/?page=article&idArt=2686
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