Renowned German photographer Willy Maywald
arrived in Paris in 1931 and soon became part of
Montparnasse's arts scene. Early photographs
capture the spirit of the bohemian neighborhood,
with the ateliers and artistic residents, along with
local street scenes of the bars and sidewalk tables
of the Paris café society. In the mid-1930s,
Maywald began socializing in the world of couture,
where he met Christian Dior and Schiaparelli.
Just after the war, Maywald found work among the
grand couturiers, the most iconic being Christian
Dior's New Look in 1946. Combining his skill for
capturing the spirit of the capital—which was often
compared to the work of Willy Ronis—with fashion
photography, he was one of the first to
photograph models in the street. He also created
some of the most superb portraits of celebrities of
the era, such as Fernand Léger, Le Corbusier and
Tamara de Lempicka, as well as the construction
of the monumental World Exhibition in 1937.

Musée Carnavalet
Willy Maywald, Le Pari(s) de la creation
April 25 through September 30, 2007
23 rue de Sévigné
75003 Paris
T: +33 (0)1 44 59 58 58