Thursday, June 30, 2011

Paris - Found

One of the pleasures of being in Paris in May and November is le marché d'antiquités or brocante that happens in Rue de Bretagne over a long weekend in both these months. The market is located in the Marais 5 minutes from where I stay.
The street and all the side streets are full of stalls selling every imaginable piece of junk and treasure. What I look for are the boxes of old photographs tossed out because of death, disinterest and the passage of time. Increasingly these photographs are becoming harder to find. Collectors are moving in and the prices are going up.
In fact just off Rue de Bretagne in Rue Charlot photographer and dealer Fabien Breuvart has a gallery space where he presents for sale mounted and matted "found" photographs. Fabien has an eye quality and the unusual and the prices are not at flea market levels.
Here are some photographs I unearthed, in fact was given by the dealer who it turned out knew my work and owned some of my books.

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