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Friday, March 28, 2008

Nude Carla Bruni Photograph to be auctioned at Christies

Nude Carla Bruni Photograph to be auctioned at Christies


Carla Bruni, photographed by Michel Comte. EFE.

NEW YORK.- Swiss photographer Michel Comte, author of the image of Carla Bruni in the nude says he has more explicit pictures but that he will not sell them. In an interview published today in Le Matin, Comte, who now resides in New York, says that he does not know how the picture got to Christie’s where it will be auctioned on April 10, "I must have made a gift to someone. I make very few copies, three to five at the most, he points out. In fact, the photographer assures that he got word of the auction when a reporter from Le Matin called him on the phone. He remembers that he took the picture at the end of a photo shoot for Vogue in Paris or New York.

I worked with Carla for approximately 10 years. We have shot thousands of pictures together, fashion photos, pictures in her house in Italy. We were close friends and spent a lot of our time aboard the Concorde”, he remembers. In his opinion, the black and white photo which is expected to fetch at least $3,000 US DLS.”It’s her, it’s Carla, with her fantasy.

Comte says that Nicolas Sarkozy’s wife is “naked in this picture but at the same time shows her masculine side. And even goes on to say that it could even be a man. “It seems as if she is touching or hiding her sex: she plays. She looks afraid, with her feet pointing inside and her face has the expression of a mask, as if it was torn from her body, he continued.

According to an online bio, Bruni signed with City Models at age nineteen. In the 1990's she was pulling in about seven million dollars a year modeling and she dated a list of famous men including Eric Clapton, Mick Jagger and Donald Trump.

Thursday, March 06, 2008

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Saturday, March 01, 2008

Chris Beetles Presents Patrick Lichfield


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LONDON.-Chris Beetles presents Lichfield. Patrick Lichfield’s photography has graced the world’s media for over forty years. Chris Beetles announces the first-ever selling show of his remarkable work.

Lichfield’s photography for the 'Queen Magazine', and 'Life' helped crystallise the 1960s visual aesthetic. So much so that Diana Vreeland, the influential editor of American 'Vogue', summoned him work for her. He capitulated in 1968, and became one of only five British photographers to be retained by the magazine since its foundation (Bailey, Beaton, Parkinson and Snowdon being the others).

Lichfield’s archive is a rich seam of culturally important photography, much of which has become synonymous with our perception of the celebrated and fashionable in the late 20th century. Since his death in 2005 his archive has been extensively catalogued, and we will show a selection of these well-known images alongside recent discoveries made public for the first time.

Comprising of over 70 images, our exhibition will reassess his archive and reveal him to be one of the most influential photographers of the 20th century. The exhibition will be on view 14th May – 4th June 2008, Monday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm. A fully illustrated catalogue will be on sale, and all images will be featured on the website www.chrisbeetles.com.