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The magical lights of Léon Gimpel (1925 – 1933)


Leon Gimpel (1873 – 1948) was one of the greatest staff reporters for L’illustration, but also loved experimenting. Among his creations, a series of autochromes (the first color process developed by the Lumière brothers) of the Christmas lights in Paris that were presented during the last Paris Photo Salon at the Lumière des Roses gallery. These 26 plates were made in the ‘20’s. Philippe Jacquier, who runs the gallery, explains “For a gallery specialized in “other pictures” (anonymous amateurs and others), it is unexpected luck to be able to present a collection of this quality in a trade fair as prestigious as the Paris Photo. In addition to the technical skills presented – the first color pictures of Paris at night – this nocturnal play of lights is a true celebration. Each plate is an
original (autochromes cannot be copied).”

Galerie Lumière des Roses
“Autre regard, autres images”
Philippe Jacquier & Marion Pranal
12-14 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau
93100 Montreuil

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