From 20 September to 18 October 2017, “The Manhattan Darkroom” and photos of Henri Dauman will be exhibited at the CARPEAUX cultural center of the City of Courbevoie.
At the end of World War II, the young Henri Dauman was in an orphanage in Courbevoie.
It was in this city that he began to dream of cinema. But at the end of the 1940s, this practice was inaccessible and the Professionnal circle of the 7th art remained closed to him.
He naturally turns to photography. It’s in Courbevoie that he will take his first steps as a photographer in a local studio of the city. Later, when he was 17, he left France for the United States, the country of the “American movie dream”. He will take advantage of his recent knowledge of photographic techniques by immortalizing stars for Life Magazine, NewsWeek or The New York Time.
In front of his lens, Marilyn Monroe loves the writer Arthur Miller, Liz Taylor comes alive in the boxing match or Jean Seberg walks in Central Park. He’ll photograph « the new wave » of rising stars like Jean-Luc Godard, Jane Fonda and the hectic Alain Delon.
In Courbevoie, at the Carpeaux Cultural Center, you will see the original prints of this period, a cinematographic extract, from the original exhibition The Manhattan Darkroom which was presented at the Palais d’Iéna and the Musée Nicéphore Nièpce.
Henri Dauman’s cinematic dreams.
Espace Carpeaux, center of all cultures, in Courbevoie.
L’Espace Carpeaux is the historical theater of Courbevoie since 1991.
It offers an eclectic program from September to June. It has an amphitheater with 500 seats (Room Saint-Saens) and a stage on one level.
The Local Public Company « Center for Events and Culture » manages various establishments: the « Events Center » of Courbevoie, the « Espace Carpeaux » and the « Cinema Abel Gance ».
It organizes various public and private events: Rental of rooms (Conferences, Seminars, trade shows…), Broadcast of shows and diffusion of films.
It also hosts associations and municipal events.