Alex Prud'homme & Katie Pratt - France is a Feast (Corte Madera)

Sunday, November 12, 2017 - 1:00pm

Through intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child, a gifted photographer, France is a Feast documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life. Paul and Julia moved to Paris in 1948 where he was cultural attaché for the US Information Service, and in this role he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassai, and other leading lights of the photography world. As Julia recalled: “Paris was wonderfully walkable, and it was a natural subject for Paul.”

Their wanderings through the French capital and countryside, frequently photographed by Paul, would help lead to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia’s brilliant and celebrated career in books and on television. Though Paul was an accomplished photographer (his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art), his photographs remained out of the public eye until the publication of Julia’s memoir, My Life in France, in which several of his images were included. Now, with more than 200 of Paul’s photographs, personal stories recounted by his great-nephew Alex Prud’homme, and reminiscences by photography curator Katie Pratt, France is a Feast not only captures this magical period in Paul and Julia’s lives, their love story, and their passions for food, photography, Paris, and France, but also brings to light Paul Child’s own remarkable photographic achievement.

Alex Prud'homme, Paul Child’s great-nephew, is the co-author with Julia Child of the #1 New York Times bestseller My Life in France. He is also the author of The French Chef in America.

Katie Pratt is a photography curator. Her parents were among Paul and Julia Childs's closest friends.

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Napa Valley Museum Special Exhibit - France is a Feast: Paul and Julia Child's Photographic Journey, 1948-1954
November 11, 2017 - February 18, 2018
Main Gallery
55 Presidents Cir
Yountville CA 94599
http://napavalleymuseum.org

This World Premiere Exhibit, based on the new book by Alex Prud'homme and Katie Pratt, showcases rarely seen black and white photgraphs taken by Paul Child in France bewteen 1948 and 1954. Featuring Paul's extraordinary photographs of Paris, Marseille and the French countryside after the Second World War, the exhibit will also include rare objects and intimate pictures of Paul's wife, Julia Child, long before she became a celebrity cookbook author and "The French Chef" on television. Sale of limited edition prints to benefit the Museum. 

Location: 
51 Tamal Vista Blvd
Corte Madera, CA 94925
France Is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child Cover Image
$35.00
ISBN: 9780500519073
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Thames & Hudson - October 24th, 2017

Their wanderings through the French capital and countryside, frequently photographed by Paul, would help lead to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia's brilliant and celebrated career in books and on television.