Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Halcyon Days of Photography

The period in which artistic photography came into its own was undoubtedly from the interbellum until reconstruction after World War II. The attic is overflowing with photo magazines and stashes of photographs left by my father, a staunch amateur whose black and white products of the time are an artistic marvel compared with later color slides.

Maybe the atmosphere, or the fashion of the days were of a style that suited the particular black and white grainy prints of the time. Those who know more about the discipline, please don't hesitate to fill me in.

Sotheby's London yesterday auctioned off a copy of one of the finest icons of the period, "The Kiss" by Robert Doisneau ("Le baiser de l'hotel de Ville").

There are several prints about. One last year did a whopping $ 26,174 or EUR 16,900! Some did even better than that.

There are plans to scan the artistic and historic family collection at some point and post them here, but this may take some time. In the meantime, enjoy The Kiss ...

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