|Un multivers tangible ? Daguerre vous invite a toucher et inspecter quarante albums de photographies de voyage (Vente du 2 décembre 2021) SUR RENDEZ-VOUS CHEZ DAGUERRE 5bis RUE DU CIRQUE
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Daguerre invites us to collect the albums of travelers from the past.
An old album of travel photographs is a world within reach of our curiosity. Compared to a painting, an engraving or a singular photographic print, as beautiful and important as it may be, there is an additional dimension, in the mathematical sense, a dynamic experienced by the traveler and which persists until our present. A collection of forty albums becomes almost a forty-dimensional universe, even if several of them sometimes unfold in parallel directions, such as several German ships on their way to Tsingtao.
And then again, there is this duality that appears immediately, this dialogue between on the one hand the artist or photographers, professional or simple amateurs, and on the other hand the creator, the first possessor of the album, who assembled with patience and pleasure the prints, adding captions, notes, newspaper cuttings, even watercolors.
This sale, this catalog, is an opportunity to consider photograph albums as a format, a theme of collection, with their specificity and a modest attempt at description, a very hasty summary, because some of them are real exhibitions stored in a suitcase. These surviving albums – they escaped the dismemberment and dispersion that each generation imposes on the majority of collections – were accumulated towards the end of the last century by a compulsive collector of paper.
If collectors wish, future sales will follow with the rest of the albums, trips around the Mediterranean, to Italy, and to Russia. For almost all of the albums, there are still many photographs to be attributed, places to be identified, and annotations to be deciphered. In order to give an idea of the extent of the investigations to be pursued, some fifteen singular proofs encountered in the pages of the forty albums are proposed here as an introduction to the catalog itself.
VIEWING AT DAGUERRE’S 5bis RUE DU CIRQUE BY APPOINTMENT (10-30 NOVEMBER)
Photographs documenting gold fever are rare in general, and those of Africa, in particular. “Despite the great wealth of the region, the amount of gold collected is often minimal in some places. In Galam, in 1875, the export was only 12,000 francs. This gold is often worked into rings by the natives, and it is sometimes in this form that it arrives in European ports of call, in Senegal with the French and on the coast of Guinea in the English establishments.” (Africa Explored and Civilized, ETH Zürich, 2021) (albumen print (detail), album 34)
VIEWING IN PARIS during the month of November 2021
5 bis rue du Cirque, 75008 Paris – by appointment
Contact – Domitille de Franclieu – info or 01.45.63.02.60
SALE INFORMATION – DAGUERRE –
Expert – Serge Plantureux – serge or +33 184.108.40.206.74
EXHIBITION AT DROUOT – Wednesday, Dec 1st, 2021 – from 11:00 to 18:00