Photography

Izis (1911 - 1980)

Izraelis Bidermanas fled Lithuania after the assassination of his parents by the Nazis to settle in Paris. Promptly, he captured the capital in its postwar picturesque atmosphere with lovers kissing, children playing but also the city’s graphic walls and gloomy ruins. With Paris des Rêves published in 1950 and in which poets such as Jean Cocteau or André Breton had been invited to write a poem alongside one of the photographer’s image, Izis met with an important success. Close to the Surrealist movement and a friend of Marc Chagall, the Lithuanian photographer produced pictures that depicted his idealistic Paris: romantic yet distant, poetic yet grave, photographs that diffused a blurry melancholy and a tender absurdity. That is maybe why Izis, although he was recognized as a major humanist photographer, never reached Robert Doisneau or Edouard Boubat’s popularity. His Paris was too sad, too heavy-hearted for a population that needed lightness and joy in World War II’s aftermath.

Izis, May the First, Italy Place, 1968
Izis, May the First, Italy Place, 1968
Izis, Beaubourg, Paris, 1977
Izis, Beaubourg, Paris, 1977
Izis, Bank of Seine, 1949
Izis, Bank of Seine, 1949
Izis, Broken Window-Pane, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Broken Window-Pane, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Tramp, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Tramp, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Jacques Prévert, Paris, 1949
Izis, Jacques Prévert, Paris, 1949
Izis, Garden and Linen, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Garden and Linen, c. 1945-1948
Izis, The Rain, c. 1940
Izis, The Rain, c. 1940
Izis, Lagny, 1959
Izis, Lagny, 1959
Izis, Market, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Market, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Mirabeau Station, 6 a.m., 1949
Izis, Mirabeau Station, 6 a.m., 1949
Izis, Quai des Orfèvres, Paris, 1948
Izis, Quai des Orfèvres, Paris, 1948
Izis, Rue Brosse, Paris, 1956
Izis, Rue Brosse, Paris, 1956
Izis, Rue de Tolbiac, Paris, 1957
Izis, Rue de Tolbiac, Paris, 1957
Izis, Passage de Gergovie, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Passage de Gergovie, c. 1945-1948
Izis, Place Falguière, 1949
Izis, Place Falguière, 1949
Izis, Portrait of Dora Maar with Cigarette Holder, 1946
Izis, Portrait of Dora Maar with Cigarette Holder, 1946
Izis, Portrait of Georges Hugnet, c. 1947
Izis, Portrait of Georges Hugnet, c. 1947
Izis, Rue du Cloître Notre-Dame, from series Dreaming Paris, date unknown
Izis, Rue du Cloître Notre-Dame, from series Dreaming Paris, date unknown
Izis, Sculpture, 1945
Izis, Sculpture, 1945
Izis, Visit of the Queen of England, 1957
Izis, Visit of the Queen of England, 1957
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