Photography | Seeing Between the Lines

Abelardo Morell,
Book with Wavy Pages, 2001
© Abelardo Morell,
Courtesy the artist and
Edwynn Houk Gallery,
New York & Zurich



The Beauty of Lines:
Masterpieces from
the Gilman and
Gonzalez-Falla Collection
Musée de l’Elysée
Lausanne | Switzerland
31 January > 6 May 2018



Laurent Elie Badessi,
Man’s Back, Horse’s Back,
Camargue, France, 1994
© Laurent Elie Badessi



To hook readers, or viewers, hard copy magazines and newspapers, as well as their online versions, and blogs such as this one, will, most often and quite naturally, opt to feature examples of work by famous photographers as opposed to those by unfamiliar ones.

When the line-up, such as in this case, includes material by household names, among them, Berenice Abbott, Ansel Adams, Margaret Bourke-White, Bill Brandt, Edward Burtynsky, Harry Callahan, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Imogen Cunningham, Robert Doisneau, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, André Kertész, Man Ray, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alexander Rodchenko, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Thomas Struth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Edward Weston and has been selected from a world-renowned collection of original, contemporary photographs and vintage prints, why would they do otherwise?

Stéphane Couturier,
Barendrecht n° 1, 2004
© Stéphane Couturier
Courtesy La Galerie
Particulière, Paris &
Bruxelles



Cig Harvey, The Pale
Yellow Cadillac, Sadie,
Portland, Maine, 2010
© Cig Harvey



Ordinarily, the work of sometimes equally-talented but less well-known practitioners would stand little chance of being selected for publication. However, for whatever reason – worries regarding copyright infringement and online piracy, perhaps – of the images going on show in this forthcoming exhibition at the Musée de l’Elysée, only a few by photography’s A-listers – one by Karl Blossfeldt, one by Lewis Hine and another by Walker Evans – have been made available to the press.

Ray K Metzker,
New Mexico, 1971
© Estate of Ray K Metzker



Augusto Cantamessa,
Breve Orizzonte, 1955
© Augusto Cantamessa,
concession de Bruna
Genovesio et Patrik Losano



Ironically, on this occasion, it allows us the opportunity to surprise you with images from photographers who, while none of them is obscure, you may be unfamiliar with. You may never have seen these pictures before but they provide a good indication of the excellent quality of work that is to be found throughout the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Collection, which is regarded as one of best private collections of photography in the world.

The Beauty of Lines: Masterpieces from the Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Collection, at the Musée de l’Elysée, includes 150 photographs and takes the line as its theme.


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