LEON GIMPEL

Grand Palais

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It is in 1904 that Gimpel meets the Lumière brothers and their invention: the autochrome. Gimpel takes hold of the procedure and modifies the commercialized light-sensitive plates, succeeding in realizing shots in colors. In addition, the photographer exploited the bird’s eye view to distinguish himself from other reporters and to attract the press. Gimpel has given a modern vision of the current events of his epoch making him a major photographe  ... See more See less

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It is in 1904 that Gimpel meets the Lumière brothers and their invention : the auto-chrome. Imposing a long time for the exposure, its utilization is limited to static subjects. Gimpel takes hold of the procedure and modifies the commercialized light - sensitive plates, succeeding in realizing shots in colors. He so becomes the only photographer to succeed in reproducing colored scenes of life in la Belle Epoque. The shots of Parisian streets and most of all the illuminations of monuments of the capital become the reoccurring subjects of his works. In addition, the photographer exploited the bird's eye view to distinguish himself from other reporters and to attract the press. Whether he photographs in black and white or in color, Gimpel has given a modern vision of the current events of his epoch making him a major photographer of the history of the 7th art. If Jacques-Henri Lartigue and Eugène Atget are generally cited as emblematic figures of the photography of the la Belle Époque, Léon Gimpel should be added with them, artist from now on recognized for his just value.

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23 July 2015

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