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Photography at the Hotel du Pantheon

Photography at the Hotel du Panthéon – Elene Usdin

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You already know that we love photography at HPRG, thanks to our annual photo prize and exhibition, the photo project and site PHPA, and all the photos in the corridors of the Hôtel Design Sorbonne.

The now frankly splendid new Hotel du Panthéon, which has just reopened after complete renovation, is no exception. Each level has different photos to illustrate the floor’s particular theme, and the whole décor of the hotel is based around the idea of ‘great women’ (after all the Pantheon – resting place of France’s ‘great men’ – is just opposite, and the Hôtel des Grandes Hommes is next door).

Today we show you photos by the talented Elene Usdin. It’s not the first time we’ve worked together – Elene has two photos on show in the main salon at la Belle Juliette,and she also created the carte blanche for PHPA in 2011. We really love her work.

For the new Hotel du Panthéon, she has created a series of works for the main staircase, each reflecting the theme of the floor on which it is situated (Piaf, George Sand, Juliette Gréco, the ‘Signares’…) and each using the same model. Astonishingly, apart from the faces, almost all the elements are painted! It’s beautiful work that you’ll soon be able to admire up close on each floor of the Hotel du Panthéon.

For more information about the Hotel du Panthéon, click here.

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Photography at the Hotel du Panthéon –
Fabrice Monteiro

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The fifth floor of the Hotel du Panthéon is home to photos from Fabrice Monteiro, a homage to the “Signares” who were part of high society on the island of Gorée until the middle of the 19th century.

Their beauty was legendary…

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Photography at the Hotel du Panthéon –
Lucie Belarbi and Amélie Chassary

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On the third floor of the Hotel du Panthéon, to illustrate the relationship between George Sand et d’Alfred de Musset, we asked for work from photographer / multimedia artists Lucie Belarbi and Amélie Chassary. They give their very particular vision of a couple whose tumultuous passion led to its quick demise.

These photos will probably be very disconcerting for some guests…

You can see the photos up close in the third floor rooms of the hotel (fourth floor for you Americans!)…

For more information about the Hotel du Panthéon, click here.

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Photography at the Hotel du Panthéon – Sylvie Meunier

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Sylvie Meunier’s “Instantanés Ordinaires” (Ordinary Instants) are shown on the second floor of the Hôtel du Panthéon.

As Edith Piaf and her then boyfriend Marcel Cerdan were often photographed looking gloriously happy and in love, Sylvie decided to select vintage photos showing unknown people in obvious states of bliss. The series is called “Les jours heureux” (days of happiness).

You can see more photos in the second floor rooms of the hotel (third floor for you Americans!)…

For more information about the Hotel du Panthéon, click here.

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Photography at the Hotel du Panthéon –
Patrick Tournebœuf

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On the first floor of the Hotel du Panthéon, whose theme is the ‘cocottes’ of the Second Empire, we wanted to sidestep the clichés so often used in literature and film to depict them as actresses or singers of easy virtue.

With this in mind, we asked Patrick Tournebœuf to provide photos of theatres and dressing rooms featuring the lush reds that are so typical of the places where these ladies were often seen.

You can see more photos in the first floor rooms of the hotel (second floor for you Americans!)…

For more information about the Hotel du Panthéon, click here.

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