ARGENTIC has left its mark on the world of Parisian photography. For 17 years, the website and then the gallery have exhibited the great names in photography, revealing a passionate viewpoint, that of its founder Eric Boudry. It is this vision that will be offered to collectors during the auction of April 13, 2023 at the Hôtel Drouot by Maître Yann Le Mouël and Charlotte Barthélemy, photography expert.
The auction will feature nearly 400 works by Claude Batho, Édouard Boubat, Brassaï, Denis Brihat, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lucien Clergue, Jean Dieuzaide, Elliott Erwitt, Irina Ionesco, Izis, Jean-François Jonvelle, Josef Koudelka, Bernard Plossu, René-Jacques, Marc Riboud, Willy Ronis, Roger Schall, Jean-Pierre Sudre, Sabine Weiss, as well as photographs by Robert Doisneau from the Porcile Collection.
“If I had to remember only one quote about photography, it would be Paul Strand’s, inscribed at the entrance of his exhibition at the Museum of American Art in Giverny in 2006: “I want to create great emotions from small things…”.
This sentence sums up everything I love about these images accumulated over 40 years and it is still alive in the work of the photographers I have had the honor and joy of knowing and then exhibiting.
After about thirty exhibitions devoted mostly to French photography, it is my turn to hand over to you. Today, I am parting with the ARGENTIC gallery’s collection, with the pleasure of being able to show you one last time these “little things”, fragments of eternity.
I suggest that you discover them in this catalog and in an exhibition at the Hôtel des Ventes de Drouot where I will have great pleasure in meeting you or finding you again. Thanks to you, these photographs will continue their lives towards other horizons. After all, it is not we who look at them, but they who look at us.
Founder of the website and the gallery ARGENTIC (2005-2022)
Exhibition: Tuesday, April 11 11am-6pm, Wednesday, April 12 11am-6pm and Thursday, April 13 11am-12pm
Sale: Thursday April 13, 2023 2pm
Drouot Paris – Room 15
Hôtel Drouot – 9, rue Drouot 75009 Paris, France
Full catalog and registration: https://drouot.com/v/136967-
9 Rue Drouot, 75009 Paris, France
April 10, 2023 to April 14, 2023