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Treasures of childhood – Julie Chaux-Chomette’s collection


On June 13th at Ader will be held a very nice sale of photographs directed by Antoine Romand. Among this sale, that of the collection of Julie Chaux-Chomette, the daughter of Michèle Chomette and Bernard Chaux. They were among the pioneers of the photographic adventure of the 1970s and for a long time maintained a special position in their mythical gallery located opposite Beaubourg. Then two health dramas struck them. Julie, for financial reasons, is giving up the collection of images that her parents had made for her.

Thrown very small in the photographic universe as Obélix in the pot of magic potion, my eye was forged very early on wandering the international fairs during the hanging up of exhibitions:

The chubby face of a kid captured by William Klein, the smooth hair and firm gaze of a little girl by Lewis Carroll, the strangeness of a duet of small Peruvians by Irvin Penn, the perfection of a nude with an injured knee, the sweetness of a summer evening in a park in New York …

Images coveted, desired, finally obtained, singular toys offered to my appetite – by artists or by my parents – throughout my own childhood but also my adolescence, while I retained the last fragments of the past and struggled against new aspirations … Images preciously preserved and I never thought of having to let go. But a violent dive into adulthood forces me today. May others fall in love and cherish them as much as I have cherished them.

Julie Chaux-Chomette, May 2, 2019


Treasures of childhood – Julie Chaux-Chomette’s collection
Thursday, June 13, 2019 14:00
Favart Auction House
3, rue Favart
75002 Paris


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