© Christopher Rauschenberg

The Marche aux Puces at Saint-Ouen, just outside the city limits of Paris, is said to be the greatest flea market in the world. "It is a museum of antiques, a P.T. Barnum sideshow, a life size dollhouse, a fever dream," says photographer Christopher Rauschenberg.
A series of his photographs, Marche aux Puces, is featured in the Main Gallery of the Griffin Museum September 9 through November 7.
"This exhibition is a salute to the dealers of Saint-Ouen, who have created this stream-of-consciousness dream world in search of commerce but in search of poetry, too," says Rauschenberg. "These photographs of this dream world somehow tell me things that I had an inkling of and that I hope to someday almost know."
Rauschenberg, a native of New York, has a degree in photography from Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He taught art and photography at Marylhurst University in Oregon from 1982 to 1996.
In 1995, he organized a group of a dozen artists to join him in a nine-year long photographic exploration and documentation of the city of Portland, http://www.griffinmuseum.org/www.PortlandGridProject.com. He and a second group of artists are working on a second, nine-year re-exploration.
In 1997 and 1998, Rauschenberg took three trips to Paris and re-photographed 500 of the images made of the city by Eugene Atget between 1890 and 1927. He's had solo shows and participated in group shows around the world.
A resident of Portland, Oregon, he is co-founder and past president of Photolucida, a photography festival formerly called Photo Americas. He is co-founder, co-curator, and board chairman of Blue Sky Gallery, where for more than 34 years he has co-curated and co-produced 650 solo exhibitions and 45 group shows. He is also co-founder and a member of the co-op Nine Gallery. He has edited and produced some 60 art and photography publications.

Griffin Museum of Photography 09.09.2010 - 07.11.2010

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