Photo à la Hune, a renewed tradition

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The legendary bookshop-gallery welcomes a YellowKorner gallery

In 2015, La Hune, a Parisian mythical place of culture, reinvented its style by dedicating itself exclusively to photography while remaining loyal to its original purpose as a bookshop-gallery and to the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. Founded in 1949, at the cultural crossroads of the left bank which was also the heart of the effervescence of post-Liberation Paris, it is part of this famous triangle - by the way, the Hotel des Saints-Pères of the collection of Hotels & Demeures Esprit de France is very close - consisting of the cafés of Deux Magots and that of the Flore and the Brasserie Lipp. At the time La Hune was the place where French intellectuals, authors, artists, journalists and politicians used to linger round, while Chanel and Dior models posed for photographs in front of the façade. Today it is arranged in three complementary spaces. The ground floor hosts a YellowCorner gallery with a large selection of numbered prints and a teNeues bookstore offering an exclusive selection of photography books, including very fine books in limited editions. The gallery on the first floor unveils monographic exhibitions of rare prints dedicated to the great names of photography recognized internationally.

It is currently showcasing the work of the German photographer Vincent Peters, who presents some twenty or so very striking portraits of women. Through his analog black and white photographs, his talent highlights feminine sensuality with sobriety. Each portrait reveals a real aesthetic work - carefully staged - and shows, through each cliché, the simplicity of the moment, the encounter between the artist and his model. Vincent Peters makes the portraits of the greatest celebrities such as Charlize Theron or Monica Belluci coexist with those of young unknown women whose charisma shines through the cliché.

Dialoguing with these prints, the creator Jean-Charles de Castelbajac has invested the place of YellowCorner and signs them with his tricolored fetish mark, flaming red, electric blue and sunlike yellow sun, on the occasion of the release of the book "Fashion, Art & Rock'n'Roll ". Under the influence of pop culture, he has affixed his drawings and ideograms on the walls and even the windows of the gallery. We have particularly appreciated these creations which remind us of the delicacy and childish character of the illustrations of Le Petit Prince by Saint-Exupéry.