Anniversary trip: Paris, part 1

We were then off to Paris, France to see Paris Photo and a slew of exhibitions.
One of Paris' famous landmarks, the Notre Dame cathedral. We always go in to see the hunchback.
Fun fact: 1450: The Wolves of Paris are trapped and killed on the parvis of the Cathedral.
Seeing the Diane Arbus retrospective (that we already saw in LA) was on our list of "to-do's." It was at the Jeu de Paume museum (which the Nazi's used as a warehouse for their looted artworks) at the corner of the Garden Tuilieres, across from Musee Orangerie, and The Louvre, and on the square called Place Concorde, where the giant Luxor Obelisk stolen from Egypt stands and where many people, including Marie Antoinette was executed by the guillotine. It's also at the end of the famous Champs-Élysées where the Tour de France ends. (click all links and win a prize!)
Sucks there was a line to get in.
What do we have here with an official seal of the USA?
Mr. and Ms. Ed Templeton.
Charles H. Rivkin Ambassador of the United States of America and Madame Susan M. Tolson (his wife) Pray (?) Make them (?) the pleasure of attending the exhibition "Open See" by Jim Goldberg, Magnum photographer, during the occasion of Paris Photo. Exposition followed by a cocktail. At the residence of the Ambassador, 41 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore, Paris. (!!!!)
We were told we needed our passports to get in. Heavy. We took the metro to the area and started walking towards the Ambassador's house. An armed guard came out to shoo us off the sidewalk when in a Wayne's World style we held up our invitations. The security guy said, "I thought you were tourists." And I said, "We are." I think most attendees were dressed much more fancy than us, and probably were arriving by car. We were ushered in and our passports were checked and our names checked off the list. We then had to go through a metal detector to get into the courtyard to the massive palace that is the Ambassador's residence. This street, Rue Saint-Honore is like the Rodeo Drive of Paris, real fancy. We were entering high society.
After we checked our coats at the Ambassoador's private coat check we walked into the opulent old and very fancy rooms. (Click here for a history of this house.) But those rooms had been transformed into a Jim Goldberg show. (Jim is a friend of mine, and one of my favorite photographers, and he's the one who got us on the list.)
Check out the ornate wooden detail work. The artwork had to be hung on wires, to protect the lush fabric wall-coverings. It's like walking around inside a wedding cake.
Video of this exhibition!
This is Todd Hido and Bruce Davidson's assistant whose name I heard, but would certainly spell it wrong.
Todd and me...
Me and Todd with the Guest of Honor, Jim Goldberg.
Legendary photographer Josef Koudelka took a liking to Deanna. He kissed her on the forehead, and kept proclaiming, "I'm Sebastio Salgado!"
Koudelka! I'm not sure you guys can comprehend how epic this dude is.
And Speaking of epic. Bruce Davisdon.
Posted November 29th, 2011 by Legendary seers...
La vie français. Je besoin de voyage à france.

Just finished studying. Est-ce que tu vas À Paris? N\'est-ce pas?
Oui. Il va à Paris pour le vacance. Ton anniversaire. Jk. False cognate.

Oh man. Just saw Moz on Conan. God dammit. He's playing in Oakland the 1st. I work that day and have Finals going day.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 29th, 2011 at 11:55PM PST
Yeah man. Kouldeka. Duh. Totally the Cardiel of photography.

Just kidding. I don't know anything. Trying to impress.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 29th, 2011 at 11:59PM PST
Really enjoying seeing these behind the scene exclusive access stuff that I can only dream off. That Diane Arbus exhibition was it the same one at Moma, Revelations? Was going to fly over to NYC to see that. Why did I think Todd Hido was asian? Sebastio Salgado? haha funny. And one of the few that ever quite Magnum.
Posted By: garry on November 30th, 2011 at 06:35AM PST
Walking to this high profile place.
keeping it real. Ils sont punq

Just clicked on the Hunchback link. hahaha. You made it on a funny photo website. so 2004.
At least it was rated four and a half hamburgers.

Jeu de Paume. ha. That\'s cool. Sounds almost like Ju de pomme. I just googled it, I guess Palm game is legit. we got some synonyms.

Finally hit the big times. Paris art party.
Posted By: Jgonzalez on November 30th, 2011 at 09:03AM PST
That looks like the coolest thing ever!
Posted By: Nolan on November 30th, 2011 at 09:15AM PST
Woah, that's some serious shit, Ed.
You're in, buddy.

Josef Kouldeka, fuck yeah, man. I love his shit. & he looks rad!

Google Translate everything.

Europe looks so perfect. Fuck me.
Posted By: Jacob on November 30th, 2011 at 07:08PM PST
I wish I knew about photography! I'm slowly catching on.

BTW That's a bad ass jacket, Ed! Is it Emerica?
Posted By: Josiah on November 30th, 2011 at 10:56PM PST
For Ed, Josh (?) and the Sockteam:
Posted By: S on December 1st, 2011 at 04:18AM PST
Deanna is lookin hot.So do you mister.
Posted By: Its good to be skinny,again on December 1st, 2011 at 05:18AM PST
you were in good company
Posted By: Nick on December 2nd, 2011 at 01:05PM PST
Josef K's pic of an evil lookin dog is awesome
Posted By: lunch on December 4th, 2011 at 02:55PM PST
Looks great. thank you for the report. Paris wow.
Posted By: Toops on December 10th, 2011 at 08:10AM PST
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