Evansville, IN Museum welcomes Paris Bridge photographer Gary Zuercher for virtual fundraiser on November 6, 2021
Evansville, IN, United States – October 26, 2021 – The Evansville Indiana Museum of Arts, History and Science is organizing a virtual fundraiser in collaboration with Gary Zuercher, award-winning photographer and author of The sparkle of Paris: the bridges of Paris overnight at 6:00 p.m. CST on Saturday, November 6, 2021.
Highlights of the evening include a behind-the-scenes tour of the museum’s photography exhibition featuring Zuercher’s stunning photographs in Paris, an artist’s exclusive interview with Gary, a champagne demonstration by Jane Owen, and a sale live auction hosted by Tim Black and Scott Wylie.
The profits will be donated to the museum’s educational mission and the 2022 initiative, The Postcode Neighbors Project, which offers reduced or free entry to households, after-school youth organizations and schools in the neighborhood zip code 47713. For more information on the event, visit https://events.readysetauction.com/evansvillemuseumartsscience/parisatnight.
Zuercher spent five years photographing the 35 bridges across the Seine at night during the winter months and another year researching the history of the bridges, collecting anecdotes, printing and assembling the prints.
Evansville Indiana Museum of Arts, History and Science is located at: 411 SE Riverside Dr, Evansville, IN 47713. For hours and more information, visit the website at: https: //musée.org or call 812-425-2406.
Watch an interview with Gary Zuercher on his book, his photography and the exhibition at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03DB41Dsiys.
The sparkle of Paris book is an eclectic collection of extraordinary gelatin silver photographic prints of the bridges of Paris – breathtaking nocturnal images. Accompanied by a fascinating historical portrait, the book presents a unique and aesthetic vision of Paris as no one else has ever photographed and written on the bridges that cross the Seine in this way.
The Glow of Paris exhibition includes 86 gelatin silver, black and white photographs of the book, accompanied by maps showing the locations of the Seine bridges, discussions of the bridge’s history, history panels, a four-minute video, and an audio tour on mobile phone through the exhibition.
• From the work of Zuercher, the dispatch from Columbus said, “His style is reminiscent of American landscape photographer Ansel Adams.”
• The Virginia Peninsula Daily Press said, “The photographs are so visually stunning,. . . it is almost as if you have staged a work of art because it is lit by the City of Paris.
• The New York Times said of Zuercher, “. . . A longtime photographer, was so passionate about the appearance of bridges at night that he spent more than five years photographing them in black and white.
• Mansfield’s New Journal said: “Zuercher’s 86 black and white photos showcase the beauty of the 35 bridges spanning the Seine in the City of Light.
“For the most part, Parisians take these architectural wonders for granted, relying on their functionality to get them where they want to go every day,” says author Zuercher. “They don’t appreciate beauty because most don’t see the glow of bridges at night. And most have forgotten that since the time of Julius Caesar for more than 2,000 years, the bridges of Paris have played an important role in the history of the world.
Watch the video of The Glow of Paris exhibition on https://www.ParisPonts.com.
Here are some of the distinctions awarded The Glow of Paris: Paris bridges at night.
• IPPY Gold Medal… “A new dreamy look at the 35 bridges spanning the Seine.
• Kirkus ProConnect named The Glow of Paris, “THE BOOK OF THE WEEK TO DISCOVER”
• The high-end magazine featured The Glow of Paris in a four-page article.
• Southern season magazine featured a full page review of the book in its spring edition.
• The sparkle of Paris – was the number one bestseller on Amazon.com, in its category several times since the date of publication.
• Apogée photo magazine says, “This book should absolutely be part of the library of any architect, historian or photographer.” Simply stunning! “
The London Book Festival and the Los Angeles Book Festival proclaimed The Glow of Paris one of the best books in the photography / art category in the 2015 competitions. The Independent Publisher Book Awards awarded first place a gold medal for the best non-fiction in Europe.
Kirkus Reviews called The sparkle of Paris one of the “nine best books released this week”. (January 20) and further stated: “A superb pictorial evocation of the City of Light, full of dazzling images and intriguing traditions.”
The fascinating narrative that accompanies the artistic black and white photos includes historical facts and little-known information about bridges, such as:
• The history of these bridges precedes the birth of Christ. In 52 BC Julius Caesar conquers Paris; the first recorded mention of bridges is found in Caesar’s commentaries on the Gallic Wars. Most of the later history evolves from the time of the Middle Ages and thereafter.
• On the morning of October 3, 1943, a plane struck the Pont de Tolbiac and crashed into the Seine, killing the four French people on board. The four were members of the French Free Air Force who had flown from an airfield in England to participate in the Allied bombardment of a power station outside of Paris.
• Bridges built before the end of the 18th century normally had houses and shops built directly over them. Floods, pack ice, fires, boat collisions and structural failures have frequently destroyed bridges. Collapsing bridges took homes and shops with them, and often their occupants as well. In 1769, Louis XV finally prohibited the construction of houses on bridges, but it was not until 1808 that the last building was removed.
• Very early on, the Pont Neuf was the center of a permanent fair, meeting place for all the refined and vulgar pleasures of the capital. At all times you will find street performers-acrobats, fire-eaters and musicians-charlatans and charlatans, as well as con artists and pickpockets, not to mention a living trade of prostitution. Among the many companies were several “tooth pullers”.
“This information will be of great interest not only to tourists and historians but also to Parisians who have limited knowledge of the 35 bridges in their city and who are astonished at the number of islands in the Seine”, explains Zuercher. . “There is a lot of truth in the words of the author Monique Marty who wrote about bridges:“ They are the extension of the streets, the links between the two banks of the river. We cross them on foot, by car, by metro. We see them without looking at them and it’s a shame ”.
Zuercher, a darkroom and behind-the-lens artist, lives six months in Paris and the other half in Washington, DC. He developed the film in negatives in Paris then made the prints in a DC darkroom. Often, he would make 20 to 30 prints before finding the right photo for his book.
The results of his work prove what Ansel Adams wrote, “The negative is like the score of music and the impression is like the performance.”
The stories related to the project are rich enough to fill another book, such as the time he was denied access to a church roof to photograph an aerial shot because he couldn’t be there while the nuns were sleeping. Or when he had to use mountaineering gear and help from the city fire department to climb to the top of City Hall and knock down seven bridges from the air. Or when young thugs threatened him while Zuercher was working the night shift but was defused when he offered to take their photos and email them to them.
About Gary Zuercher
Gary Zuercher’s career path has been quite different from that of most professional photographers as he simultaneously combined a highly successful business career with a successful career as a professional photographer.
He is also a professional, multi-engine and instrument qualified pilot with over 2,000 hours recorded as a pilot in command.
For over thirty years, Zuercher has supplied photographs to numerous businesses and advertising agencies in need of commercial images for publications, advertising, brochures, media and marketing.
During the same period, Zuercher produced 15 corporate and product promotional films in which he worked as an editor or co-editor and as a cameraman and / or photographer. In doing so, he founded, built and successfully developed both the WaveTek group of companies which pioneered the development of the water park industry and the Rain Drop Products company.
WaveTek has manufactured wave making machines and pool slides, installing more than 160 wave pools around the world. Following the successful sale of WaveTek, Zuercher founded and built Rain Drop Products Inc., a company that pioneered the introduction and development of Sprayground® and water play concepts into the public entertainment market. . For his pioneering leadership in Wave Pools and Spraygrounds, Zuercher received the Industry Leadership Award and was among the first group of inductees to the World Waterpark Association Hall of Fame.
For five years, Zuercher took out his cameras on the Parisian night to capture incredibly evocative images of the bridges spanning the Seine. Using his artistic eye and sophisticated photographic technique, he created these beautiful black and white photographs, rich in detail and possessing a clear and bright quality.
No one else has ever photographed all the bridges that cross the Seine in Paris like this. We don’t see crowds or heavy traffic. Nothing obscures the beauty and strength of the structures, the romanticism and symbolism of the bridges. Shooting in black and white allows details to shine: architectural elements, works of art, neighboring buildings, trees on the riverbanks, and starry lamps projecting paths of light across the water.
Zuercher divides his time between his homes in Paris and Washington, DC with his wife Dominique who is French.
For a review copy of The sparkle of Paris or to arrange an interview with Gary Zuercher, contact Scott Lorenz of Westwind Communications Book Marketing at [email protected] or by phone at 248-705-2214.