France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child

“Bon Appétit!” Experience our World Premiere Exhibition of extraordinary and intimate photographs by Paul Child, depicting his life with wife Julia Child in France, curated by Katie Pratt, inspired by the book by Alex Prud’homme and Katie Pratt.

France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child

This World Premiere Exhibition showcases rarely seen black and white photographs taken by Paul Child in France between 1948 and 1954. Featuring Paul’s extraordinary photographs of Paris, Marseille and the French countryside after the Second World War, the exhibit will also include rare objects and intimate pictures of Paul’s wife, Julia Child. Features Our exclusive Audio Tour featuring the voice of The French Chef herself, Julia Child, and interviews with chefs Jacques Pépin, Thomas Keller, Cindy Pawlcyn, and “Julia & Jacques” television producer Susie Heller. Plus Alex Prud’homme, grand-newphew of Paul Child and co-author of Julia’s best selling memoir “My Life in France.”

Currently on tour to the CIA at Copia, through March 1, 2020: More info HERE

Original exhibition November 11, 2017 – May 20, 2018: Read more about the exhibition and book that inspired it, below

 Sponsored by: Oceania Cruises, the Town of Yountville and the Napa Valley Tourism Improvement District – Yountville


About the Book:

Through intimate and compelling photographs taken by her husband Paul Child, a gifted photographer, the new book France is a Feast: The Photographic Journey of Paul and Julia Child (Thames & Hudson) documents how Julia Child first discovered French cooking and the French way of life. Paul and Julia moved to Paris in 1948 where he was cultural attaché for the US Information Service, and in this role he met Henri Cartier-Bresson, Robert Capa, Brassai, and other leading lights of the photography world. As Julia recalled: “Paris was wonderfully walkable, and it was a natural subject for Paul.” Their wanderings through the French capital and countryside, frequently photographed by Paul, would help lead to the classic Mastering the Art of French Cooking, and Julia’s brilliant and celebrated career in books and on television. Though Paul was an accomplished photographer (his work is in the collection of the Museum of Modern Art), his photographs remained out of the public eye until the publication of Julia’s memoir, My Life in France, in which several of his images were included. Now, with more than 200 of Paul’s photographs, personal stories recounted by his great-nephew Alex Prud’homme, and reminiscences by photography curator Katie Pratt, France is a Feast not only captures this magical period in Paul and Julia’s lives, but also brings to light Paul Child’s own remarkable photographic achievement. 250 black-and-white photographs


About the Curator:

Katie Pratt was two years old when Paul and Julia Child moved to her neighborhood in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Her uncle Davis Pratt, teacher of the History of Photography at Harvard University, a former student of Paul’s, introduced them, and she stayed in touch with the Childs throughout their lives—from Cambridge to France and eventually Santa Barbara.

Pratt’s early years were surrounded by art and photography—enjoying private art lessons from Paul while a teenager; learning from her mother, a water color artist; hearing about her Great-Uncle Denman Waldo Ross, a painter in the circles of Monet and Sargent. Pratt earned her BA in Art History from Boston University and pursued studies in glass arts and foreign languages in the U.S., France, Spain, and Holland. She has stayed actively involved in the art glass movement, continuing to study in Italy and the U.S.

Pratt worked with the Imogen Cunningham Trust for nearly 20 years where she also served as a Trustee and Executive Director, working closely with vintage negatives and photographs. (She worked with Richard Lorenz on several Imogen Cunningham book projects, including Flora and On the Body.) Pratt has curated photography exhibits in galleries throughout California, and in Texas, New York City, and Ireland.

Since 2000, Pratt has managed, curated, and promoted The Art Program in Sun Valley, Idaho, overseeing a collection of 300 artworks and curating semi-annual art exhibits.

She lives in Napa, California, pursuing an interest in wine and food. She co-published and promoted “Bay Food Magazine” in the 1980s and early ‘90s, and has worked in PR and marketing for wineries. She now makes her own wine, Katnip.

With future exhibitions of Paul’s photographs Pratt hopes to further appreciation and understanding of his skills and the importance of the discerning eye in all arts.