Pierre Jamet: Four Pair of Legs

Four Pair of Legs
Pierre Jamet, four pairs of legs , Colony Belle Île, Sauzon 1936.

By Michael Stevenson

The photographs that occupy the header of my Pas De Merde blog are each the work of Pierre Jamet. Jamet (1910-2000) was a singer (the tenor voice in Les Quatre Barbus), active outdoorsman, and above all – the gifted photographer who so brilliantly captured young French people enjoying their country’s hillsides, lakes, and seashore during the 1930s.
I especially love the above photo, “Four Pair of Legs.” It beautifully captures the feeling of being on vacation – the clashing sensations of both relaxation and exhilaration that nourish our summer souls. Are the children’s legs dangling from the bridge as they take a rest after their hike? Or are they preparing to jump into the cool, refreshing waters of a stream below? I like to imagine that the children drop from the bridge into the railroad car of a passing train, carrying goose feathers – destination unknown.

Pierre Jamet would photograph children and families on the roads of France, in youth hostels  and summer resorts, during the leftist political period of the Popular Front, mid-1930s. His photos express a joie de vivre that suggest the very thing I seek out when I travel [ . . . ]

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Explore French Culture from Your Couch

In light of the Coronavirus pandemic, many of us are home-bound this winter. But culture can provide a thrilling escape, even from your couch. Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite podcast episodes, videos, playlists, and more so you can take a deep dive into contemporary and classic French and Francophone cultures––without leaving your apartment.

Listen to The Thing About France Podcast

Did you know that David Sedaris loves French-style frozen food? Or that being in Paris makes Gloria Steinem feel like she’s in a village? Podcast fans will love The Thing About France, which explores the fascinating and complicated relationship between France and the United States through intimate with artist Mickalene Thomas, chef Daniel Rose (Le Coucou), Jonathan Galassi (President and Publisher at Farrar, Straus and Giroux), and many more! Listen here.

Dive into Geopolitics with the French Embassy’s FrancoFiles Podcast

FrancoFiles gives listeners a chance to explore geopolitical issues and get a behind the scenes look at French diplomatic and consular missions in Washington D.C. through the podcast medium. Learn about La Maison Française, biodiversity, the Michelin Guide, and more.[ . . . ] Continue reading “Explore French Culture from Your Couch”