Of the five black-and-white photographers in this exquisite show celebrating Paris, only Alison Harris gives us a feel of what it means to live in that fabled city today. An inveterate street photographer who is receptive to the nuanced and telling gesture, Harris’ banner shot catches from behind a nineteenth-century statue of a seated woman lifting her headscarf with her eerily lifelike arm in a pose that symbolizes the delicate balance between openness and closure that defines the present predicament of France. No doubt Harris also buys into the premise that Paris is the city where lovemaking is an art form, yet her take is ironic, as when two young couples mirroring each other in close embraces before the open door of a train subvert their gesture in the perfunctory way that they perform their good-byes. (Michael Weinstein)
“Bleu, Blanc, Rouge” shows at Flatfile Gallery, 217 North Carpenter, (312)491-1190, through August 18.