When Julia Child’s memoir released in 2006 – the French of my life, in her husband Paul grandnephew alex Prud ‘homme published with the help of the – most readers probably would choose it to get to know the chef’s life and in and out of the kitchen. But there’s another kind of enjoyment in the text: Paul Child’s photography, he’s a great artist.
In the new book “France is a feast: Prud ‘homme and Katie pratt Paul and Julia child photography trip”, his works in Prud’ homme described as “Julia memoirs outspread vision, the advantage of Paul’s image. ”
In 1948, Paul and Julia moved to France as U.S. cultural commissioner. S. Information service. He had planned and promoted French American art at the American embassy in Paris. During his position, the couple will move around in France and other European countries, but one thing is always the same: from Paris to Marseilles and other cities, they have been a curiosity on they live in a city. With Julia next to him, Paul would wander the streets and disappear. According to Prud’homme, he is known as a prolific photographer and rarely leaves home without a camera or two. The more than 200 images in this book are a small sample of a large archive from 1948 to 1954, focusing on their lives in France.
Although children do not have traditional education in photography, he did receive formal training in painters and printing arts. He is the master of light, capturing the details of shadows and highlights, creating photographs rather than taking photographs. As you can see in the sixth slide above, Julia’s legs are illuminated by simple wall lights. The framework around this particular image is highlighted in the slides published in the book. Julia appears in many books, apparently his Muse.
During these years, France was a hotbed of creativity for many artists and writers. In 1952, Paul met with Edward Steichen, the great photographer and director of the department of photography at MoMA. In their discussion, Steichen pointed out that children were “a great photographer” and chose six pictures as part of the New York City museum’s permanent collection.
He is a real artist, “wrote in to the French forward pratt, this is a feast,” he is always in his creation in the process of continuous efforts, continue to explore his use of media (mostly photography and painting), and always try to improve his work his own work.”