Photography

The Empire of Lies

  The late President Ronald Reagan called the USSR the “evil empire”. Today we should be talking about the “Empire of Lies”. In his endless diatribe justifying his decision to recognize the independence of two entities of the Ukrainian Donbass, Vladimir Putin questioned the very creation of Ukraine by Lenin. The Russian President is in fact in the filiation of the latter that Alexander Solzhenitsyn had called an “evil character” (…)

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Дом Игумнов, the Common House

Since 1938, the Igoumnov House (Дом Игумнов) is the Residence of France in Moscow. Former mansion of a rich merchant in the nineteenth century, located on Bolshaya Iakimanka street in the historic district of Zamoskvoretche, it is of a «Russian style» – which succeeded the neoclassical constructions after the fire of 1812 – and now rare in the capital and at the same time the symbol of the French presence in Russia (…)

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Fotos of Ze Day (5): The Heart of the Heart

The Winter Olympic Games are opening today in Beijing in a context of great international tensions and not yet in a post-pandemic phase. Let us wish them great success because the Games remain the Games, an incomparable moment, a truce in the best tradition of antiquity. Let us be assured that the athletes will show their best and we can also trust the host country for its perfect organization. Let us express the hope that China, despite the extreme precautions that will be taken for mainly sanitary reasons – and this led to qualify these Games already before their opening as «sanitized» -, can show not only considerable capacities but also the heart of itself, sometimes hidden or unknown (…)

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Fotos of Ze Day (4): Rajah and Dersu

  On this first day of the Year of the Tiger, it was natural to visit Radjah and honour him. Like all white tigers, its lineage comes from the same breeding of a maharajah in India. But crosses then occurred with tigers from Amur and Ussuri (…)

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Fotos of Ze Day (2): Pamir, thirty years ago, one thousand years ago

Pamir, an orographic and mountainous node unique in the world between Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Afghanistan and China, and somewhat on the fringes of the Silk Roads during Antiquity, preserves the most glaciers on the planet outside the poles. Marco Polo was the first European to mention it in the 13th century. Ambassador Serge Smessow brought back pictures dating from the end of the Soviet Union. Despite its remoteness, will it again be at the heart of a “Great Game”?

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Fotos of Ze Day (1): Between Sea and Mountains

The site «Perspectives Europe-Monde» attaches importance to visual expression, one of the characteristics of contemporary culture. Apart from the publication of virtual albums on specific topics in his “Photography” section, he will now select a few snapshots at varying intervals, which will be grouped under the title “Fotos of Ze Day”. The first mini-series of pictures taken on 23 January is entitled: between sea and mountain.

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Ridge lines, impressions

Ridge lines. An initiatory journey in twelve pictures: Impression Haze, Götterdämmerung, Mist, Turmoil, Adventure, Tierra salvaje, Défi, Puissance, Soffio, Heat, Abendlicht….

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Moscow Monumental

Arriving from the battle of Borodino, Napoleon discovered Moscow, “the city of a thousand churches”, from the heights of what is now the University district. It is undoubtedly this last type of monumental construction, inherited from the Stalinist era, which is today one of the most striking faces of the Russian capital. The latter, by its architectural richness and diversity, cannot be reduced to this. But it is necessary to serialize the presentations of a considerable patrimony (…)

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Brexit (1/3): the spirit of London 2012

The effects of Brexit and the recent tensions between the United Kingdom and its former partners in the European Union must not make us forget the peculiarity of London, arguably the most international city in the world, where the majority of the inhabitants were born abroad.
The 2012 Olympic Games were held in a spirit of openness and generous friendship, especially expressed by the thousands of volunteers who contributed greatly to the success of the event. It took place in an atmosphere of joy, pride and even euphoria that did not foresee the vote in spring 2016 on membership of the European Union (…)

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Diaries for Syria

These «Carnets pour la Syrie», a virtual photographic album, were gathered above all in homage to the martyred Syrian people, to a great nation today split between internally displaced persons and refugees outside the country which now number in the millions. Nothing would be worse for them and for all Syrians, whether or not they are also sedentary exiles from within, than silence and even more forgetfulness (…)

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On the 798 side

The 798 district in Beijing (Dashanzi 798 Art District) would be a “Beaubourg Center to the power one hundred or thousand” if the Pompidou Museum had really been the “refinery” with which it was sometimes compared.
Today it has become a formidable meeting place, lively and joyful, with an intense creation and it has developed a gigantic, air-partly open, exhibition (…)

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The eye of Rodchenko

Almost every photograph of Alexander Rodchenko is emblematic of his time and his art, that is to say that it is a masterpiece. This great master accompanied and magnified the Soviet transformations, but also exceptional personalities such as Vladimir Mayakovsky (…)

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