In the spirit of the exhibition at RayKo Khris and I hope to make it to next week, I direct your attention to this gallery of photos, all taken before 1910, that are currently on display (for a few more days anyway) at Galerie Livet in Normandy. The gallery is owned by Brigitte and Marc Pagneaux, who moved to the countryside from Paris:
Only half the 75 photographs on show are for sale, in keeping with the Pagneuxs’ twin activity of combining a personal collection with the business side of Livet Ltd. Pagneux called the show Trois ou quatre choses que je sais d’elle, la photographie (three or four things I know about photography). "It’s a reference to my irritation at a current trend that wants to make photography a purely documentary exercise, with everything worth the same and masterpieces belittled as mere inventions of money-grubbing traders," he says.
I love sepia-toned images of buildings like the one above, popular subjects in the early days of photography because at least they didn't move and blur the exposure. The picture of Victor Hugo in exile, taken in 1853, is pretty amazing too.
In other news, the second part of my interview with Timothy Buckwalter went up yesterday, full of all sorts of salacious details about how I DJ. And tonight I'm jetting down to LA, to spend a couple days in the sunshine and to take a trip to the dump. I'll report back from the other side!