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“Live and Life Will Give You Pictures” Photo Exhibit Now Open at The Barnes


  There has been some excitement among the art community in Philadelphia as the Barnes Foundation moves away from their more traditional style art exhibits, debuting the first photography installation in the gallery’s history.

  The exhibit, titled, “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures”, is running from October 8th to January 9th. Being featured in the Aileen and Brian Roberts Gallery of the larger Barnes Foundation, “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures” provides an opportunity for the public to immerse themselves in an important period of social history.   

  Showing the progression of France and Paris especially, the exhibit displays more than 170 black and white photographs in a unique layout that guides the spectator from the late 19th through the mid 20th century. The photos detail the modernization of French society, putting an artistic twist on the otherwise rigid and industrial process that modernization was.

  The exhibit has been drawing in attention from not only those already established in the art community, but also students, professors and others within Philadelphia’s history community.

  Upon entering the exhibit, expect to see 60 years of groundbreaking work from photographers such as Edgar Degas, Ilse Bing, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and more. The photographs are displayed in a unique fashion, being displayed in eight salon-like galleries that help to cement the importance of this rapid time of change, showing how photographs were beginning to impact society in never before seen ways. From advertising and the beginnings of photojournalism, to the rise of the modern celebrity, this exhibit harbors an abundance of relatable material for people from all walks of life to admire.

  The gallery’s designers say the best way to get the most out of the installation is to move around the room counterclockwise, reading the narratives of the photographs when passing them to give some context.

  For those who desire a little more detail and in depth experience of “Live and Life Will Give You Pictures”, there is a free daily exhibit tour starting at 11AM, delivered by an in-the-know docent who would be more than happy to answer any queries the may arise.

  Admission is $25 for adults, $23 for seniors and $10 for youth.

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