Robert Adams Our Lives and Our Children exhibition at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, 16th May – 29th July 2018

We have 81-year-old American photographer Robert Adams to thank for the new exhibition at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, near our hotels. It’s the first Parisian showing of his visual essay Our Lives and Our Children, produced between 1972 and 1982, showing the inhabitants of Rocky Flats in the USA, living close to a nuclear arms factory.

Robert Adams Our Lives and Our Children exhibition at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, 16th May - 29th July 2018
©​ Robert Adams, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Adams is celebrated for his photographic recording of the changing landscape in the American west, as well as his environmental sensibilities. Immortalised in beautiful black and white, he shows people shaped by consumer society, living with a banalised threat over them.

In reality, all these people are linked by a barely perceptible danger – a nuclear catastrophe – which Adams believes is inevitable.

Robert Adams Our Lives and Our Children exhibition at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, 16th May - 29th July 2018
©​ Robert Adams, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

There are free guided visits of the exhibition (in French) every last Saturday of the month at 11.30am.

And don’t forget that their late night opening on Wednesdays is free for everyone from 6.30-8.30pm!

Robert Adams Our Lives and Our Children exhibition at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation, 16th May - 29th July 2018
©​ Robert Adams, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco and Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

If you’d like to take all these lovely photos home with you, you might like to know that the the book of Our Lives and Our Children, which has been unavailable for years, has just been reissued by Steidl. You might like to buy it through amazon.co.uk for around 30€ instead of getting it in France where it inexplicable costs 48€. 😳

The Robert Adams exhibition Our Lives and Our Children is at the Cartier-Bresson Foundation (here) from 16th May – 29th July 2018

Closed Mondays. Open Tuesday-Sunday 1-6.30pm (8.30pm Wednesdays) and Saturdays from 11am-6.45pm. Last entry 30 minutes before closing

Admission: 8€ / 5€ and free for everyone Wednesdays between 6.30pm and 8.30pm

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Dans une semaine s’ouvre la nouvelle exposition de la Fondation “Robert Adams – Our Lives and Our Children”. Elle présente pour la première fois à Paris, l’intégralité de la série Our Lives and Our Children, un des essais visuels les plus frappants de l’artiste sur le catastrophisme écologique. Un jour, dans les années 1970, le photographe aperçoit une colonne de fumée s’élever au-dessus de l’usine de production d’armes nucléaires de Rocky Flats près de Denver, dans le Colorado. Il décide alors de mettre en images ce qu’une catastrophe nucléaire pourrait détruire. // One week left until the next Fondation’s exhibition “Robert Adams – Our Lives and Our Children”. This is the first exhibition in Paris to show the entire Our Lives and Our Children series, one of the photographer’s most striking visual essays on environmental destruction. One day, in the 1970s, the photographer noticed a column of smoke rising above the Rocky Flats Nuclear Weapons Plant near Denver, Colorado and decided to document the potential destruction of a nuclear disaster.⠀ ⠀ #savethedate #nextexhibition #robertadams

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