Photography Travel

Paris Photographers

Paris is a beautiful city and attracts many talented photographers. These are among the photographers who capture the essence of this extraordinary city:

Peter Turnley

Paris Street Photography by Michael Erimo

Nico Geerlings on Flickr

Sophie on Instagram

MagS on Instagram – Paris and travel photography She also has a nice color account on Instagram.

Paris Insolite (en français)

I will add to this list over time and welcome suggestions of other photographers to add to this list.

Last updated: September 20, 2022

History Photography Travel

Library of Congress

The Library of Congress is the largest library in the world, with millions of books, films and video, audio recordings, photographs, newspapers, maps and manuscripts in its collections. The Library is the main research arm of the U.S. Congress and the home of the U.S. Copyright Office.

Main Reading Room of the Library of Congress, Washington, DC (2022)
Photography Podcasts Travel

Paris: ‘Magical, Beautiful, and Mysterious’

When I “met” Paris at the tender age of 18, it was love at first sight.  She was magical, beautiful, and mysterious.  I fell under her spell and had no desire to break it, promising myself that I would return as frequently as possible!  I’ve been lucky enough to fulfill that promise, falling more in love with her on each visit.

Michelle Keel, Paris Gone By
Photography Travel

East Building, National Gallery of Art Has Reopened

The iconic I. M. Pei-designed East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington reopened to the public on June 30, 2022. The building had been closed since February 28, 2022.

The Atrium sports new panes of glass that have restored light to levels originally seen when the building first opened on June 1, 1978. Visitors now enter through a more accessible main entrance.

The East Building displays two new exhibitions:

Portrait of Madeleine Mabille by Fernand Khnopff (1888) from the Exhibition entitled “The Woman in White” – ©David H. Enzel, 2022
Exhibition: “The Double: Identity and Difference in Art since 1900” – ©David H. Enzel, 2022
History Photography Travel

Hôtel de la Marine, Paris

The hôtel de la Marine (also known as the hôtel du Garde-Meuble) is an historic building located on Place de la Concorde in Paris, to the east of rue Royale. It was designed and built between 1757 and 1774 by the architect Ange-Jacques Gabriel, on the newly created square first called Place Louis XV. The identical building to its west, constructed at the same time, now houses the hôtel de Crillon and the Automobile Club of France.

The hôtel de la Marine was originally the home of the royal Garde-Mobile, the office managing the furnishing of all royal properties. Following the French Revolution it became the Ministry of the French Navy, which occupied it until 2015. It was entirely renovated between 2015 and 2021. It now displays the restored 18th century apartments of Marc-Antoine Thierry de Ville-d’Avray, the King’s Intendant of the Garde-Meuble, as well the salons and chambers later used by the French Navy.

Major historical events have taken place in the hôtel de la Marine:

  • On 16 September 1792, the Crown Jewels were stolen at the Hôtel de la Marine. At night, around forty people got inside the reception room where the jewels were displayed and stole goods worth around 30 million French francs. Most of the jewels were found again two years later. However, The French Blue (Le bleu de France) was not recovered. It reappeared 20 years later in England, completely recut with the largest section of the diamond appearing under the Hope name in an 1839 gem catalog from the Hope banking family. The Hope Diamond is now in the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.
  • In a room overlooking Place de la Concorde Marie Antoinette’s death warrant was signed. She was guillotined on 16 October 1793 on Place de la Concorde. She was 37 years old.
  • On 27 April 1848, in the office of minister François Arago in the Hôtel de la Marine, the decree to abolish slavery in the French colonies was signed in Paris. Victor Schœlcher, an ardent defender of human rights, was the man behind this historic decision.

The renovation is beautiful. The views of Paris monuments are exceptional. It was a memorable visit.

La grande Loggia de l’Hôtel de la Marine, Paris – © David H. Enzel, 2022

You can see more of the photos I made of the hôtel de la Marine here, including extraordinary time pieces and a modern skylight.

Photography Travel

Easter at the Lincoln Memorial

Thousands welcomed Easter Sunday at the Lincoln Memorial this morning. A sunrise service has been a Washington tradition annually since 1979 but was not held for the past two years due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The first service in 1979 had only about 130 attendees.

© David H. Enzel, 2022