Each print is sold with an invoice and a certificate of authenticity.
Most of the great French photographers did not number their photographs (Cartier-Bresson, Doisneau, Ronis, Boubat,…). The main reason for this is that they started long before we talked about the fine art photography “market” and when collectors started to take an interest in their prints in the 60s and 70s. the galleries did not exist. Photographers therefore sold their works directly.
In addition, they considered there was no objective reason to limit the success of a large image (ex: the kiss of the town hall of Doisneau) and that, conversely, a numbering added nothing. to "weak" images. In short, another era, when marketing, fairs and shows had not yet dictated their rules ...
VINTAGE, MODERN OR POSTHUME PRINTS
It is generally considered that a vintage print is contemporary with the shooting (made during the year). Un modern print is a print made subsequently by the photographer or under his direct control. Un posthumous print is produced after the artist's death and authenticated by his beneficiaries. Unlike vintage or modern prints which are rarely numbered, posthumous prints are more often than not, in order to guarantee rarity.
Depending on your choice, we can direct you to the best framing specialists.
WHERE TO SEE THE WORKS
We can arrange a meeting in the Paris region to present the prints to you.
The photographs are sent in armored, registered and insured mail or to be collected at the Galerie ARGENTIC, at 43 rue Daubenton 75005 Paris.