Joshua Mann Pailet was born in the middle of the year, the middle of the day in the middle of the century on June 30,1950.
Joshua’s mother, Charlotte Mannova was born in Brno, Czechoslovokia and survived the Holocaust via Kindertransport.
The rest of her immediate family did not survive.
She met Joshua’s father in England when he was a Lieutenant in the US Army and moved to New Orleans, USA.
Joshua attended Rice University in 1968-1972-1973 where he studied Engineering, Economics and obtained in Masters in Accounting.
He took a photography course with Eve Sonneman to satisfy his fine Art credit.
He fell in love with the medium and began shooting his Nikon FE2 everyday.
His photography class exhibited their photographs at the Rice Gallery and Dominique and John de Menil of the Menil foundation purchased 19 of his photographs.
Joshua attributes Mrs. de Menil‘s continued collecting of his work to allowing him complete artistic freedom.
Joshua opened A Gallery for Fine Photography in New Orleans in 1975 to represent other artists.
With more good luck, Pailet met Harry Lunn, who assisted him with access to his first Ansel Adams Show.
Joshua closed A Gallery to live on the American Freedom Train for a year as their official Photographer.
The American Freedom Train was a red, white and blue steam engine that traveled across the country and was one of the last steam engines in the US.
He reopened his gallery in 1977 and began showing artists including Brassaï, Diane Arbus, Ansel Adams and all the major Photographers.
Joshua is a founding member of AIPAD and was in the group of original photography dealers at Art Basel in Switzerland in 1989.
He procured a booth at both photo fairs for 15 years.
He continues to operate his gallery in New Orleans and work on his own photographs.
Joshua represents Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helmut Newton, Elliott Erwitt, Herman Leonard, Peter Beard and many many more.
A Gallery is the longest surviving photography gallery in the World and is located at 241 Chartres St, New Orleans, USA.
Joshua has over 350,000 black and white negatives and 150,000 color slides.
His work includes rock and roll, New Orleans culture, major American history events, Hurricane Katrina and many European images showcasing Paris, Prague and Switzerland.
His love of photography, honesty of the human condition, range of work and his ability to capture moments at their truthful speed allows viewers to see and feel life all around.
His work resides in the Bibliothèque Nationale in France, the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, the Polk Museum of Art, the Smithsonian Instituion and the Library of Congress.
A Gallery for Fine Photography
241 Chartres St
New Orleans, LA 70130