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Paris Photo 2021: My Basket at € 2,500


Our collaborator Thierry Maindrault went shopping at Paris Photo with 3 different budgets, he came back with 3 baskets. This is what you could get with € 2,500.

This first basket presents a selection of individual photographs which all come within a very reasonable budget limited to € 2,500. This selection contains photographs offering their purchaser real work and not pale copies, or worse. As is the case in some stores or in those pseudo galleries that try to sell you works that they declare to you as Art, which is absolutely not the case. It is not compulsory to invest exorbitant sums to acquire a true original creation.


Blackstone Hill Tree [Michael Kenna]

My first choice goes for this image of Michael Kenna very beautifully made which, through the rigor of this creator, leads us into all the poetry of his Japanese inspirations.


Without title [Eric Michel]

My second step will be this beautiful photograph of Eric Michel who is at this border between the real hold of the subject and its passage in the non-figurative imagination. It is the trend of the moment that we must be wary of (fashion phenomenon), except when the rendering of the image clearly comes out of the decorative to make its way towards the imaginative.


untitled 1843 [Todd Hido]

The cat of the “spectrum” is irresistible except for collectors allergic to cats. This photograph by Todd Hido is a good mix of posed photographs by the great masters of the early 20th century and the possibilities offered by modern technologies. When the eyes speak to us!


Portrait d’Arbre no 3 [Gilles Lorin]

Minimalism seems to be becoming a fad that I see popping up all over the place. The fact remains that Gilles Lorin’s photography still reveals a rural world that is fading away. The image presents a good equilibrium is well conceived and certainly does not collapse suddenly; but it inexorably go beyond our understanding.


Glowing edge [Marten Lange]

Minimalism for minimalism, this time it’s the dark side of the story that is presented to us by Marten Lange. It is in the black fog that an intermediate urban world fades away. Only are left the sketch-style remains  to fix the memories. This photographie a beacon written with light to freeze the time of memories.

I don’t deserve a face 3 [Kayee C]

It is unhinged and falls into the absurd this image, with no head nor tail, of Kayee C. This designer, used to giving us large scenes re-interpreted with complex compositions, this gives us the concentrate of a frozen movement. A small study of positions.

Tempora Morte Stillleben mit Osterglocken Kaliningrad [Lia Darjes]

Lastly, for this modest investment budget, I selected this flowery and colorful hotchpotch by Lia Darjes. In a deliberate and composed disorder, this still life remains disturbing, in regard to the usual canons. However, it brings a power of convictions with each of  our multiple interpretations.


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