Venice, Verdi, Wagner

By Lynn McLanahan

Galerie Regine Lussan, 7 rue de I'Odeon.

Composers Wagner and Verdi both worked in and were inspired by Venice, thus the title of this exhibition of photographs of mo­ments from the world of opera.
Many of the greats, such as Maria Callas, are immortalized on the stage and many of the photographs could be viewed as early seeds of the directorial mode: heroes such as Parsifal emerging in loin cloth from rather rough and clunky stage sets. Thinking "directorial" enhanced my enjoyment of this exhibition which could otherwise be seen simply as photographs of opera stars on stage performing.
Maurice Tabard, Galerie Marion Meye, 15 rue Guenegaud.
Tabard died in I984 and this exhibition was a tribute to the adventurous spirit this man brought to photography. Though not as famous as his contemporaries, such as Man Ray. Tabard's work reflects the attitudes in Paris during the 1920s and 1930s. Tabard tried everything: photograms, solarization, double exposures, negative images, hand applied emulsion, and combination printing.
Looking through the selection, one could see how these tech­niques applied to a number of sub­jects: fashion, nudes, aerial views, still lifes, and portraits.
A fitting tribute to this photog­rapher, who also for a time worked at the Gittings Portrait Studios in Houston.

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