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Treasures of Vintage Photography

Window Washers by Inge Morath, 1956 | © The Inge Morath Foundation | All Rights Reserved | Courtesy of °CLAIR

In a world awash with ephemeral digital images, the gravitas of vintage prints becomes all the more remarkable. A sense of time emanates from the paper while the power of the image entwines with the history of the object to create a truly profound artistic experience.

By bringing together a collection of vintage prints from the finest photographers of the 20th century, the Treasures of Vintage Photography collection is able to accentuate how these timeless images are very much rooted in their own time.

“What is fascinating about vintage photographs is that they are both relics of a different age and a testament to the artist’s enduring ability to captivate,” says Anna-Patricia Kahn, the director of the °CLAIR Gallery. “There are so few authentic vintage prints from that era remaining, I feel very privileged to be able to work with these precious objects.”

The °CLAIR Gallery has a leading collection of vintage prints and has organised exhibitions of these rare photographs on three continents.

Visit the full Treasures of Vintage Photography exhibition here.

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The featured image is Window Washers by Inge Morath, 1956. ©The Inge Morath Foundation, courtesy of °CLAIR. Purchase inquires for any of the vintage photographs seen in this collection are welcome via email at anna@clair.me


Lartigue, Time Rediscovered

Solange David, Paris by Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1929 | © Ministère de la Culture, France/AAJHL | All rights reserved | Courtesy °CLAIR Gallery

A quintessential aspect of Jacques Henri Lartigue’s brilliance was his ability to weave entirely new visions of time with his photography. His pioneering grasp of movement resulted in images that both stopped and accelerated time, while his work documenting the Belle Époque took finite moments and expanded them into expressions of an entire generation. Now, Lartigue’s interpretations of time are being explored in the Time Rediscovered exhibition.

It is sublimely fitting that the new exhibition is being held at the Bagatti Valsecchi Museum in Milan, which has its own unique relationship with time. The museum is the legacy of two collectors, the brothers Fausto and Giuseppe Bagatti Valsecchi, who sought to combine the modernity of the late 19th century with the traditions of 15th and 16th century Italian art. The result is an intimate yet transcendent museum that is one of the gems of the European art circuit.

“Lartigue’s photography captures the nuances of time, it is both gloriously eternal and a perfect embodiment of its age,” says °CLAIR director Anna-Patricia Kahn. “The Bagatti is an exquisite setting for this exhibition as there is a profound symbiosis between the art and the place.”

The Time Rediscovered exhibition is curated by Angela Madesani and runs in Milan from September 29 to November 26, 2017. For more information, visit the museum’s website.

Jacques Henri Lartique was born in 1894 in Courbevoie outside of Paris, France. His father gave him his first camera when he was eight years old and from that point on he became obsessed with the medium. His images of early automobiles and airplanes are some of the most iconic photographs ever taken, while his photographs of France during the late 19th and early 20th centuries have come to define the age. Lartigue’s genius wasn’t appreciated internationally until a renowned solo show at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1963. He died in Nice, France in 1986. For more information, visit his artist page here.

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The featured image is Solange David, Paris by Jacques Henri Lartigue, 1929. © Ministère de la Culture, France/AAJHL. All rights reserved, courtesy °CLAIR Gallery Purchase inquiries are welcome via email at anna@clair.me


Rudi Weissenstein Book

Rudi—Discovering the Weissenstein Archive | Edited by Michal Amram, Anna-Patricia Kahn, Ben Peter with  texts by Anna-Patricia Kahn, Amir Kliger, Ben Peter | Published by Kehrer Verlag | Half-cloth hardcover | 160 pages, 96 duotone illustrations

The °CLAIR Gallery is pleased to announce the publication of Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. 

Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive donors the legacy of Rudi Weissenstein’s photography. It is published by Kehrer Verlag and °CLAIR Gallery curator Anna-Patricia Kahn is the book’s principal editor. You can learn more about the book by visiting the Kehrer website.

Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive has received critical international acclaim with glowing reviews in major European newspapers and photography magazines. The leading German photo critic, Klaus Honnef, has praised the glorious fragility of the photography, while major German newsmagazine Der Spiegel  published a series of images from Rudi, A Dreamer—Rediscovering an Archive. You can click here to browse the images from Der Spiegel and see a sample of the reviews for Rudi, A Dreamer by clicking here.

Weissenstein (1910–1992) was the most prominent chronicler of everyday life in the young state of Israel and his photographs are essential to understanding the country’s social history. Born in what is today the Czech Republic, Weissenstein studied photography in Vienna and then went on to work as a press photographer. He emigrated to Palestine in 1936 where he met and married Miriam Arnstein (1913–2011). The couple took over management of the Pri-Or PhotoHouse in Tel Aviv in 1940 and developed it into a renowned Israeli cultural institution. To learn more about the PhotoHouse, visit their website.

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The featured image is of the book Rudi—Discovering the Weissenstein Archive, published by Kehrer Verlag, edited by Michal Amram, Anna-Patricia Kahn, and Ben Peter with texts by Anna-Patricia Kahn, Amir Kliger, and Ben Peter. Half-cloth hardcover, 160 pages, 96 duotone illustrations. Purchase inquiries regarding the cover photograph are welcome via email at anna@clair.me