La Galerie 1839
WHEN 2 ARTISTS' MINDS MEET...
For years, Marie Florence Gros and Cyril Delettre have shared the same passion for art, especially photography. They also have been working together combining successfully their skills and creative minds to build several artistic projects including text and photography exhibitions as well as short movies.
LA GALERIE, Paris 1839 - WHERE THE STORY STARTS
Over the past decade, Asia’s art market has grown along with the region’s vaunted economies, and Hong Kong has become a real Art Hug with strong development of international galleries.
Very few galleries specialise in art photography though.
Coming to Hong Kong, the 2 founders have been totally seduced by the energy that drives the city. They then decided to share with the public their passion and expertise opening a new gallery, right in the heart of the Asian art scene.
The gallery aims to be one of the first art spaces that focuses on high standard art photography and prints in Hong Kong.
Why 1839 ?
Photography has had a real development as an art media in the entire world for the last decades.
The idea of photographs as a cultural media was born in 1839, when the French government bought the patent of Daguerre to« offer it to the world ». However, it took one century for photography to be recognised as art pieces. Nowadays, photographs are displayed in all museums around the world and auctions exploded in the last ten years.
Everyone takes pictures, including you and me. What makes the difference between artwork and ordinary cliché? Why may some of them reach millions of dollars and how to recognise the artists?
This is the point, this is where La Galerie entre en scène.
Collected by experts, La Galerie will showcase works of famous and emerging photographers. Their selection is based on their « eye » : their artistic experience and sharp intuition. As curators, they recognise the photographs having a real artistic composition and value, but also the ones « telling a story »… The « je-ne-sais-quoi » which makes the difference.
With a deep understanding and sensitive approach of art, La Galerie builds its collections with passion, lucidity and high standards. We aim to offer to each visitor an access to a consistent collection of art pieces.
We cover and share all aspects of photography, from fine art photography to selected press photographs. The gallery also presents internationally recognised masterpieces as well as a collection of works of growing artists.
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French photographer Denis Darzacq was born and raised in Paris, a city in which he still lives and works today. He graduated from the ENSAD (French National School for Decorative Arts) in 1986 and started his photographic career following the French rock scene.
In 1994 he began his first work titled “Only Heaven”, which he exhibited at various photo festivals. In 1999 the French Ministry of Culture commissioned him a body of work on French youth. The interaction between man and urban space and, more precisely, the suburbs have been a driving force in his recent work.
Darzacq won the 2007 World Press Photo prize in the category “Arts & Entertainment” for his series “La chute” and the prestigeous french prize "Niepce" in 2012.
He has published a number of books including“Act” (2012), "Hyper” (2009),“La Chute” (2007), “Bobigny centre ville” (2006, co-author Marie Desplechin), “Le ciel étoilé au-dessus de ma tête” (2004), “Ensembles 1997/2000” (2001).
Exhibited extensively throughout France and internationally, his work is also held in both public and private collections including the Pompidou Center, Fred and Laura Bidwell Art Collection, the FNAC (French National Contemporary Art Fund), the Nicéphore Niépce Museum andThe Caldic Collection in Netherland.