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    Sale 7584


    15 May 2008, London, King Street

  • Lot 25


    On the Banks of the Marne, 1938

    Price Realised  


    On the Banks of the Marne, 1938
    gelatin silver print, printed 1950s
    Magnum credit stamp, various annotations in unknown hands in pencil/ink on verso
    6½ x 9¾in. (16.5 x 24.7cm.)

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    Estate of George Garcin, collector & fashion photographer;
    by descent to a private collector, 1995;
    acquired by present owner.

    French-born Garcin was a fashion photographer and avid collector of cinema, music and art related photographs from the 1950s and 60s. His collection focused on the work of photographers he deeply respected and admired. A large group of works from his collection was sold at auction in France in 2007.

    Pre-Lot Text

    Photography is an instantaneous operation, both sensory and intellectual -- an expression of the world in visual terms, and also a perpetual quest and interrogation. It is at one and the same time the recognition of a fact in a fraction of a second and the rigorous arrangement of the forms visually perceived which give to that fact expression and significance.



    Cartier-Bresson, The Decisive Moment, Simon & Schuster, 1952, pl.3 (figs.1-2); Pollack, The Picture History of Photography: From the Earliest Beginnings to the Present Day, Reader's Union, 1964, p.494-95, titled 'Sunday on the Banks of the Marne'; Rosenblum, A World History of Photography, Abbeville, 1997, pl.621, titled 'Sunday on the Banks of the Marne'; Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Man, the Image and the World, Little, Brown & Co., 2003, pp.72-73, pl.69.