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Alfred Wolf - Paris Landscapes

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Paris Landscapes

It was in 1984, after the publication of the book “Marseilles", that I started the first of my photographic rendezvous with Paris.
As I was walking, I discovered the construction sites of the excavations of Napoleon court where two short years later the famous Pyramid of the Louvre would be built.
My work on the construction site was first published in an exclusivity for the magazine Géo. This publication was seen by the great American architect I.M. Peï, with whom I would start a long and formidable collaboration: the follow-up of the construction of the Pyramid and the installation of the future Grand Louvre. It would also give birth to several publications in the magazine Connaissance des Arts.

For 2 years, both winter and summer alike, on the ground or climbing on the three large cranes, I tried not only to translate the originality and the technicality of this spectacular site but also the poetry.
The first results were published in 1988 in “Dynaster”, a monthly magazine from the group “Les Echos” which later proposed to me, to publish the book “The Great Louvre”.
© Alfred WolfWhen the construction was finally complete, the Louvre invited me to show this work for the inauguration of the Pyramid.
In 1991, destiny again took me for a third and last time to this prestigious heart of the capital. The Louvre was about to celebrate its bicentenary and the direction asked me to find an idea and make a book in order to mark the event.
I suggested “Paris vu du Louvre”.

Good-bye cranes, trucks, excavators and helmeted workmen. I was now perched on the roofs of the palace, hunting magical atmospheres, autumnal fog, summer skies. Like a passenger on a vast ship, I observed between decks and gangways all of Paris that is animated, alive…
In 1993, Adam Biro published 10.000 copies of  “Paris vu du Louvre” which were offered to the 800 guests of the great evening organized in the honor of the Bicentenary. The rest were distributed to bookshops. This work marked the conclusion of my adventure with the most beautiful museum of the world.

During this quarter century of photography, I crossed forty countries. If my heart and my glance keep being naturally attracted to the authenticity of big spaces, nature, and cultures, I will never stop retracing my steps in the streets and avenues of the French capital. It is letting luck be the guide, without calculation, without particular determination that I try to seize today the beauty of those urban landscapes.

My perception of the City of Light is completely subjective. It is guided by my deep desire of poetry and beauty, the desire of collecting emotions, of interpreting the signs and of overcoming the documentary matter.

Along with these few images, I bring to you a part of what Paris has given me and a piece of what I took from it. Some lights, some singular moments, some known and lesser known landscapes which charmed my glance for a negligible moment of happiness, behind the objective...

Alfred Wolf

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