A Dream of Humanity on the banks of the Seine

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A gigantic photo exhibition now covers the walls along the banks of the Seine in Paris.

IMG_7570The 370-metre long panorama includes photos representing humanity and diversity as well as seven key words translated into languages from all around the world: respect, peace, solidarity, friendship, dignity, hospitality and hope.

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The exhibit includes photos taken by my All-Time-Favorite-Photojournatist Reza over the past 30 years. Continue reading →

Honey, have you seen my glasses?

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Screen Shot 2015-09-03 at 4.31.08 PMWho hasn’t heard a sarcastic answer to this universal question?

According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, the average person misplaces his glasses up to nine items a day! 

My sunglasses have ants in pants and can’t keep still. Let’s follow their journey…

Le Rostand, Place Edmond Rostand, Paris 75006

Le Rostand, Place Edmond Rostand, Paris 75006

Le Petit Poucet, Ile de la Jatte , Neuilly

 Le Petit Poucet, Îles de la Jatte , Neuilly

MoRoCo,99 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 3K3, Canada

MoRoCo,99 Yorkville Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 3K3, Canada

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From Boulevard Raspail to Congo

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Initiated in 1984 by Alain Dominique Perrin, President of Cartier International at the time, on a suggestion by the artist César, and directed by Hervé Chandès, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is a unique example of corporate philanthropy in France.

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Since moving to Paris in 1994, the Fondation Cartier has been housed in an airy building filled with light that was designed by the architect Jean Nouvel. In this unique setting, exhibitions, conferences and artistic productions come to life.

IMG_7144At once a creative space for artists and a place where art and the general public can meet, the Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain is dedicated to promoting and raising public awareness of contemporary art. Continue reading →

“François and I”

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I had mentioned that I studied architecture at the Beaux Arts , during President Francois Mitterrand’s first term from 1981 to 1988. He was then re-elected for a second presidential term and held office until 1995. Ok, now is the time when you wonder and ask what does it have to do with me ?IMG_7096Regardless of his political aspirations, Mitterrand had an architectural vision. The Grands Projets was an architectural program to provide modern monuments in Paris, the city of monuments, symbolizing France’s role in art, politics, and economy at the end of the 20th century. Mitterrand viewed the civic building projects, estimated at the time to cost the Government of France 15.7 billion francs, both as a revitalisation of the city, as well as contemporary architecture compatible with Socialist Party politics. The scale of the project and its ambitious nature was compared to the major building schemes of Louis XIV. Continue reading →

The Mothership of Vintage in Paris

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Paris has been ruling the high seas of fashion for more than three centuries.  Having said that, there are three things which are always certain: Death, Taxes and people complaining about the price, coverage and sometimes the very existence of Fashion.IMG_4810Paris, a city known for its sizable population of bobo (bourgeois-bohème) fashionistas, abounds with vintage boutiques however the festival of vintage-finds takes place once a year at the Carreau du Temple.  Continue reading →