Your Students Have So Much Talent

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 04 February 2022 > Pedagogy

Thank you so much to all the dedicated teachers who sent in the stories their students wrote inspired by Vivian Maier’s photographs. We received thousands of stories and they are incredibly imaginative! And we’ve chosen our favourites for publication. We asked students to write an imaginative piece inspired by one of Maier’s photos, which are … Continue reading “Your Students Have So Much Talent”

Vivian Maier in Brittany

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 04 February 2022 > What's On

Vivian Maier has proved incredibly popular with teachers and students alike in our creative writing competion. Now those of you in Brittany have an opportunity to get close up and personal with her work with a double exhibition at the Museums of Quimper and Pont Aven. The Quimper exhibition focuses on Maier’s street photography in … Continue reading “Vivian Maier in Brittany”

Photographing the Modern

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 03 November 2021 > What's On

The interwar period was a highly creative time for the relatively young art of photography. An exhibition at the Jeu de Paume in Paris features an extraordinary collection of photographs from New York’s Museum of Modern Art. Some 230 photographs from the Thomas Walther collection, acquired over the last 20 years, give an overview of … Continue reading “Photographing the Modern”

Creative Writing Competition: Vivian Maier’s Photography

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 30 September 2021 > Pedagogy

Vivian Maier’s extraordinary photos of New York and Chicago streets, portraits and self-portraits, were discovered by chance in 2007. A selection is currently on show at the Musée du Luxembourg in Paris and we’d like to challenge your pupils to write stories inspired by the images. This competition is now closed. Thank you so much … Continue reading “Creative Writing Competition: Vivian Maier’s Photography”

Vivian Maier: Portraits of America and Self

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 23 September 2021 > What's On

Vivian Maier is now considered a major American photographer but she never published her work and died in obscurity, not knowing the interest her work would provoke. Maier was born in New York City in 1926. She spent her childhood and early twenties between the States and France, her mother’s home country. She returned to … Continue reading “Vivian Maier: Portraits of America and Self”

Pupils’ Portrait Winners

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 06 December 2018 > Pedagogy

Back at the beginning of the school year, we launched three pupil competitions. The A1+ level competition was to write a 50-word text about a special image, like “The People’s Portrait” we featured in September. We were absolutely inundated with replies for the three competitions, which we are slowly working through. Please apologise to your … Continue reading “Pupils’ Portrait Winners”

Pupils’ Portrait Competition

Posted by Speakeasy News > Wednesday 19 September 2018 > Pedagogy

The People’s Portrait is in fact two portraits of Queen Elizabeth II made up of a collage of images sent in by the general public. People were asked to send in a photo and short description or anecdote. We have an A1+-level Ready-to-Use Resource about the portraits for you to introduce the topic to your … Continue reading “Pupils’ Portrait Competition”

Portrait of Britain

Posted by Speakeasy News > Tuesday 11 September 2018 > In the News

How can you portray a nation of 60 million people? The 100 winning “portraits of Britain” gazing down at passers by in streets, shopping centres, stations and airports across the country are as diverse as the population: different ages, colours, activities, locations, culture and clothing combine to mirror the observers. Portrait of Britain is the … Continue reading “Portrait of Britain”

The People’s Portrait

Posted by Speakeasy News > Friday 31 August 2018 > Ready to Use

This A1 plus-level article deals with a special piece of art in Greater London, linked to the iconic Queen Elizabeth II. The theme will enable pupils to review personal descriptions as well as the preterite and participate to a fun writing contest, coming very soon. Language points: Vocabulary: British monarchy, family members, adjectives of personality … Continue reading “The People’s Portrait”

Irving Penn, Master of Light

Posted by Speakeasy News > Thursday 07 September 2017 > What's On

2017 marks the centenary of the birth of Irving Penn (1917-2009), one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century. A new exhibition at the Grand Palais in Paris the first major retrospective of the American photographer’s work in France since his death. This exhibition, curated by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York  in … Continue reading “Irving Penn, Master of Light”