Richard Avedon, Irving Penn, Karl Lagerfeld, Albert Watson, Norman Parkinson, Helmut Newton … all the great masters are there, gathered to celebrate the inauguration of the Photo Department of the Collin du Bocage auction house. All have conquered the contemporary art market. Some like Irving Penn are among the most coveted photographers, others like Karl Lagerfeld have become experts who were asked for their visionary vision as was the case in Paris Photo. Still others, like Richard Avedon, are just legends whose prints are frightening. “A portrait,” he said, “is not a resemblance. Once an emotion or fact is translated into a photo, it ceases to be a fact to become an opinion. The inaccuracy does not exist in photography. All photos are accurate. None of them is the truth. “. Emotion, that’s what it’s all about! If this sale is exceptional, it is because it is mainly made up of often unpublished works by collectors or private individuals invited to give up some of their treasures. It was necessary to know them well, to be part of the seraglio...
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