Friday, March 21, 2008

La Vie Nazi en Rose ...

EURSOC: "Paris in the Occupation"

Opening today at the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris is an exhibition of colour photographs by André Zucca titled "Parisians under the Occupation."

At a time when all photography in Paris was strictly monitored by the Nazis, Zucca (who died in 1973) was the only French snapper working in colour. He was authorised to photograph daily life in the French capital for a German magazine distributed in occupied nations: The Nazis wanted to show how life continued in the city despite the Occupation. So there are street and café scenes (in both rich and poor quartiers), with now and again, smiling workers and chic women, with now and again the shock of a Nazi soldier on the street, or, in the case of a photo of the rue de Rivoli, Nazi banners draped on the occupiers' headquarters. The exhibition continues until June 1. >>>

- Update: "La Vie Nazi en Rose", part II

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