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This edition: August 2012

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Original tape date: August 16, 2012.

2 French artists in New York: the Washboard player and the Organ Player
One comes from the French Alps; the other from the south of France. They are both now musicians living in New York. One plays most frequently at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Fifth Ave. and the other in clubs in Brooklyn. The classically trained Daniel Brondell plays the organ and the self taught David Langlois the washboard. CANAPE follows their musical paths from France to La Grosse Pomme.

Once upon a time kid found a camera on the Paris Metro and started taking pictures. Today that kid is known internationally as the artist JR, winner of the 2011 TED Prize. Deemed by some to be “the Cartier-Bresson of the 21st century,” he flyposts large black & white photographic images in public locations turning them into liberated art galleries of the street. CANAPE investigates his latest endeavor, the Inside Out Project.

Sometime there is the right person in the right place to embody the time and place. In the 1920s the place was Paris and the person was Kiki de Montparnasse, the most famous artist’s model of her time. A new graphic biography Kiki de Montparnasse by Catel Muller and Jose Luis Bocquet allows us to take another look at the icon. CANAPE listens to what experts say about her.

The Radical Camera
Francois Truffaut once remarked, "Our New Wave would never have come into being if it hadn't been for the young American Morris Engel, who showed us the way to independent production with his fine movie, Little Fugitive.” The young American was part of the The Photo League, which was founded in 1936 to promote the artistic merits and social uses of documentary photography. CANAPE visits The Jewish Museum to survey the exhibit The Radical Camera, which demonstrates how international was the perspective of these deeply American artists.

The Wakkan Corridor in the far north east of Afghyanistan is so isolated that it remains untouched by the strife elsewhere. In 2011 two 33 year old French photographers walked 180 miles from one end of the region to the other. CANAPE takes a look at the striking images that that found of people living outside the modern world.

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