LEITER, Saul. Jean Pearson, c.1948


From Archive to History

A photographic archive is essentially a form, a typology, and a sensitivity. The only way such an archive can be managed is if everything conforms to a clear and logical order, the specificities of which are established by the person who instils and orchestrates the dialectical movements that inhabit it.

 Howard Greenberg is a luminary on the international photographic scene. He has been a gallerist for nearly 40 years and involved in the development of a considerable number of private collections throughout that time. The archive in his New York City gallery contains nearly 30,000 prints by the greatest names in 20th-century photography – photographers who have helped shape our gaze and created a collective imagery and a very personal imagination.

 This archive tells a thousand stories and includes as many figures as there are eyes to contemplate it. It contains all possibilities. Each image is the beginning of a story, and a portrait of the person recounting it.

 The exhibition-collection we are presenting has come together slightly in the manner of an exquisite corpse (cadavre exquis), the literary game invented by the Surrealists, Jacques Prévert and Yves Tanguy and which Georges Bataille described as “the most perfect illustration of the mind.” One after the other, the images are juxtaposed. Sometimes they contradict each other, sometimes they embrace or gaze at each other. They end up forming what André Malraux called a musée imaginaire (imaginary museum), because each one of them, through the presence of the others, metamorphoses and, together, they tell us a different story.

 Berenice Abbott, Araki, Manuel Álvarez Bravo, William Eggleston, Walker Evans, Allen Ginsberg, Helmut Newton, and Man Ray are all part of the game, each providing a "subject, a verb, or a compliment" and creating a new angle on the history of 20th century photography.


Anne Morin


> Contents111 vintage prints of several photographers such as:
Berenice Abbott
Eugène Atget
Nobuyoshi Araki
Eve Arnold
Lillian Bassman
Lou Bernstein
Werner Bischof
Manuel Álvarez Bravo
Harry Callahan
Bob Cato
Mark Citret
Bruce Davidson
Mike Disfarmer
William Eggleston
Alfred Eisenstaedt
Elliott Erwitt
Walker Evans
Lee Friedlander
Allen Ginsberg
William P. Gottlieb
Rene Groebli
Sid Grossman
John Heartfield
Dave Heath
Lewis Hine
Horst P. Horst
Consuelo Kanaga
James Karales
Sy Kattelson
André Kertész
Arthur Leipzig
Saul Leiter
Helen Levitt
Vivian Maier
Man Ray
Tosh Matsumoto
Ralph Eugene Meatyard
Inge Morath
Martin Munkacsi
Arnold Newman
Helmut Newton
Gordon Parks
Tomio Seike
Peter Sekaer
Aaron Siskind
Edward Steichen
Louis Stettner
Alfred Stieglitz
Paul Strand
Josef Sudek
Edward Weston
Garry Winogrand
Bill Witt
> Size of worksSee list of works
> ConditionMounted and framed
Travels in wooden crates
> TransportFrom Madrid
> Rental ConditionsThe borrower will be in charge of:
-The transport from and to Madrid
-The insurance nail to nail
-Flight and journey of the curator of the exhibition from Madrid
> AvailabilityFrom November 2020
> CuratorAnne Morin


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From Archive to History From Archive to History



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    January 25 - April 8 2018

  • Campredon centre d´art - Isle sur la Sorgue, France
    March 9 - June 16 2019

  • Kuk e. V. Monschau - StaedteRegion Aachen, Germany
    June 26 - September 30 2019

  • 212 Photography Festival - Istanbul, Turquey
    October 8 - October 18, 2020

  • Kunsthalle. Institution of the Hungarian Academy of Arts - Budapest
    March 27 - August 20, 2021

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