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Paris Exhibit Stirs Up Memories of Photography's Birthplace

Views of Paris that tell the history of photography will meet in one exhibit at the Ayala Museum.

The exhibit of the history of photography featuring Paris is a fitting tribute to the city where the art of photography was born.

The earliest known photographic image, taken in 1826 by French inventor Joseph Nicephore Niepce, took eight hours to expose. This breakthrough was followed by the development of the daguerrotype, which was first used by Louise-Jacques-Mande Daguerre, who also worked with Mr. Niepce.

Photography has long since evolved and prime pieces tracing its history are currently on view at the Ayala Museum. As part of the French Spring Festival, Alliance Francaise de Manille has brought images from the French capital to Manila in the show called Objectif Paris.

The exhibit presents Paris as seen through the eyes of its famed photographers like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Doisneau, Andre Kertesz and Brassai.

The exhibit features 86 images from "cliches" or stereotypes or metal printing plates.

Catchy images include a ground shot taken from the top of the Eiffel Tower, as well as a colored photo of sunbathers on a rooftop.

There are also disturbing ones such as the photo of a butcher carrying a freshly halved body of cattle.

One can also see the development of Paris as a city with three sets of "before and after" photos taken by different photographers.

The photos on view come from the renowned public collections of the Bibliotheque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the Musee Carnavalet, the Musee d'Art Moderne, the Maison Europeenne de la Photographie, and Fonds Municipal d'Art Contemporain.

Objectif Paris is part of the three-month celebration of French Spring in Manila, which celebrates cultural exchange through the five senses.

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