Lovers of French song, this exhibition is for you! Hanging on the gates of the Saint-Paul gardens (between the Seine and the Saint-Paul church), 40 portraits of artists signed Patrick Ullmann recount thirty years of love of music and its performers, from Brel to Lavilliers, from Françoise Hardy to Véronique Sanson or even from Alain Souchon to Michel Polnareff via Cloclo, Dalida, Gainsbourg – and we forget some.

Since childhood, Patrick Ullmann has dreamed of meeting artists. In 1963, he became a photographer on Europe 1 in the program “Dans le vent”. And in 1969, he met Léo Ferré, whom he admired and who, seeing his talent, offered to work for him. Then, Bruno Coquatrix invited him to settle at the Olympia where he became the official photographer. He stayed there for thirty years, which he used to photograph French stars, on stage or in his studio installed under the stage. Many artists became his friends: Barbara, Claude Nougaro, Jacques Higelin, Charles Aznavour, Bernard Lavilliers, and others.

Claude Nougaro said of Ullmann's photos, from which a serenity emerges: “His images give the feeling of an inner revelation that one usually only experiences through contact with masters of graphics and painting. His dark room, added the singer-songwriter of Armstrong and Nougayork, creates for us a light of knowledge and love. »

In the village of Saint-Paul, in front of Philippe Auguste's wall, and in one of the quietest parts of the Marais, the intimate portraits of Ullmann, master of chiaroscuro, have found a setting to suit them.

Life of artist(s), by Patrick Ullmann
Rue des Jardins-Saint-Paul
Until 15 October 2021

Text and photos: Axel G. – Instagram

14.09.20

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