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Parisian photo odyssey

Photography students live the dream during their summer in France

September 6, 2018

 

Coley Île de la Citè along the Seine. Photo by Takiya Yolanda Coley ‘19 MFA
Coley Île de la Citè along the Seine. Photo by Takiya Yolanda Coley ‘19 MFA

Takiya Yolanda Coley ‘19 MFA whipped out her camera as soon as she saw this gorgeous sunset above the Coley Île de la Citè along the Seine. “I’ve seen lots of sunsets, but none quite as gorgeous as this. The way it lit the water and the sky was magical,” says Coley, a graduate photography student who was in Paris this June for a study abroad course led by MFA instructor Christopher Broughton. The global travel experience was a first for the MFA in Film, Television & Photography program.

World Cup victory, Arc de Triomphe. Photo by Christopher Broughton, instructor
World Cup victory, Arc de Triomphe. Photo by Christopher Broughton, instructor

The group was in Paris in time to join the whole country celebrate France's win over Croatia. In fact, Broughton found himself right in the middle of the celebration: "When the overage time had expired in the final match of the World Cup with France leading 4-2 over Croatia you could hear the roar of car horns, train horns, people cheering race across the city of Paris and it seemed to keep getting louder. France just won the World Cup!  I asked a Parisian if there would be a victory parade for the team and he said go, go now to the Avenue des Champs-Élysées because it is happening right now." 

Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Photo by Martin Urrutia ‘19 MFA
Basilique du Sacre-Coeur de Montmartre. Photo by Martin Urrutia ‘19 MFA

For Martin Urrutia '18 MFA, this view left him breathless, literally: "Climbing up the stairs was exhausting. Even walking up the hilly routes took quite some energy but the view from the top was breathtaking. I was very lucky to go up in a funiculaire trolley that is part of the metro transportation system of the city the Paris, otherwise I would have gone up with a lot of effort. After all it’s 300 steps up! But the view is absolutely amazing."

Cimetière du Père Lachaise. Photo by Moises Perez ‘18 MFA
Cimetière du Père Lachaise. Photo by Moises Perez ‘18 MFA

Moises Perez '18 MFA knows people from all over the world go to the Cimetière du Père-Lachaise in Paris to visit the graves of Frédéric Chopin, Jacques-Louis David, Jean de La Fontaine, Oscar Wilde, Édith Piaf or Jim Morrison, among many other famous personalities. "I went there to look for the grave of one of my favorite film directors Georges Méliès," he says.