What happens when 24 pairs of eyes really see Paris? The result is a photography exhibition rich in diversity, unique perspective, and talent—showcasing American fine art photographer Meredith Mullins and 23 emerging artists who are her Paris-based students, ranging in age from 17 to 82 and representing a host of countries.
Paris Insolite opens May 25 at the Greenlane Gallery on the Ile Saint Louis and runs through June 6. The exhibit features “Unusual Paris”— the characters, beauty, humor, and rhythms not usually seen. “When I first moved to Paris, I thought I was someone who really knew Paris,” Mullins says. “Now, I realize I did not know the city at all. There are layers and layers to be discovered. I challenged my students to find those layers and create a unique view of Paris.”
Ms. Mullins is a laureate of the 2009 Grand Concours Photo sur Paris; author of the award-winning book In A Paris Moment, an elegant collection of photographs and stories about Paris; and a photography teacher for several Anglophone associations in Paris.
“My work explores a Paris that defies time and place,” Mullins says. “I’m drawn to what happens in that expanse of time that seems to hang suspended between each tick of the clock. These moments defy time … they are fleeting and eternal at the same time. You blink and they are gone and yet they are etched in your senses forever.”
As for her teaching career in Paris, Mullins says, “I love teaching photography, especially in a city as inspiring as Paris. Paris is a city of light and passion … and photography is all about light and passion.”
The photographer, whose work is already known to readers of ParisienSalon.com, adds, “I learn something new every day. The work of the emerging photographers in this exhibit is exceptional. It deserves to be seen by a wide audience.”
The Greenlane Gallery is located at 29, rue des Deux Ponts, 75004 Paris. Gallery hours are 2-7 pm Tuesday through Sunday. The public is invited to the vernissage on May 28 at 7 pm.