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About The Classic

In this issue, page 10: Star Wars on glass, Ambrotype by Jonathan Keys

The words “print is dead, the future is digital” have been repeated ad nauseam the last 10 years. Evidently the French dealer and fair promoter Bruno Tartarin and the London based collector and writer Michael Diemar don’t think so. Just before Christmas 2018 they founded a new magazine: The Classic.

The first issue, with a negative by Dr. John Murray as its cover image, has five lengthy interviews, David Fahey of Fahey/Klein Gallery on The Dennis Hopper Archive, Robert Hershkowitz about his career and his upcoming Roger Fenton exhibition at Photo London, Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at The Victoria & Albert Museum and the French auction specialist Christophe Goeury. There is a preview of the London May season. The section “In brief” has short articles about exhibitions both sides of The Atlantic. In “From a private collection”, Robert Flynn Johnson discusses two prints, one of the Countess Castiglioni and one of her mother.

In this issue, page 58: Dr. John Murray. Gateway Fort, Agra with Horse, Wagon, & Four Figures (Delhi Gate), 1858-1862. Waxed paper negative.

In this issue, page 39: Roger Fenton. Dinornis Elephantopus, ca.1854-1858.
Courtesy of the J. Paul Getty Museum

The Classic is free, available at fairs and selected distribution points in Paris, New York, Los Angeles and London. It’s also available through subscription.

It seems somewhat extravagant to make it a free magazine but as Tartarin explains, “My ambition is to bring new people to the market, as well as rekindle enthusiasm among established collectors. There is no entrance fee at my fair, Photos Discovery, and I felt that the same spirit should be applied to the magazine.”

Tartarin asked Michael Diemar to create the new magazine from scratch. Diemar says, “Bruno gave me a completely free hand, with regards to both its name and contents. I decided to call it The Classic, it described what it was about and was also memorable.  There were a number of things I wanted to avoid. I didn’t want it to be an academic journal, nor did I want it to be a promotion brochure, full of articles about “golden investment opportunities” and graphs showing market expansion and price increases for individual artists.

In this issue, page 48: Eadweard Muybridge. Animal Locomotion, Plate 788, Camel Trotting, 1887. Albumen print.
In this issue, page 27: Dennis Hopper photographing graffiti in Cahors, 2005.
© David Fahey

Because it wasn’t the investment opportunities that turned me into a photography collector many years ago. It was the images, the prints, the Polaroids, the cased images, the wonder of the photographic object. And while books and museum exhibitions taught me a lot, they didn’t provide me with nearly enough of the information I needed to operate as a collector. That information came from all the conversations I had with dealers, collectors, curators, auction experts, conservators, archivists, editors etc. And it’s those kinds of conversations I have tried to replicate in the magazine.

Current issue

In this issue, The Classic #01:

Interviews with David Fahey of Fahey/Klein Gallery on The Dennis Hopper Archive, Robert Hershkowitz about his career and his upcoming Roger Fenton exhibition at Photo London, Martin Barnes, Senior Curator of Photographs at The Victoria & Albert Museum and the French auction specialist Christophe Goeury. There is a preview of the London May season with The Special Edition of the London Photograph Fair and Photo London. A section called “In brief” has short articles about exhibitions both sides of The Atlantic. And finally, in “From a private collection”, Robert Flynn Johnson discusses two the Countess Castiglioni.

Distribution points

You can pick up your copy of The Classic at the following photo fairs:

The Photography Show presented by AIPAD
Pier 94, New York City
www.aipadshow.com
April 4 – 7

Photo London
Somerset House, London
www.photolondon.org
16 – 19 May

Photos Discovery
Pavillon Wagram, Paris
fair.photos-discovery.fr
Novembre 9

The London Photograph Fair
Kings College, Somerset House, Strand, London
www.photofair.co.uk/special-edition/
18-19 May

The Classic is also available year-round at the following distributors:

New York City

Howard Greenberg Gallery
The Fuller Building
41 East 57th Street
Suite 1406
New York, NY 10022
USA
howardgreenberg.com

Los Angeles

Fahey/Klein Gallery
148 North La Brea
Between 1st Street and Beverly Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90036
USA
faheykleingallery.com

Santa Monica

Peter Fetterman Gallery
Bergamot Station, Michigan Ave,
Santa Monica, CA 90404
USA
Open Wednesday – Saturday 11 am – 6 pm

Vienna

Westlicht, Schauplaltz für fotografie 
Westbahnstraße 40 
1070 Wien
www.westlicht.com

London

Huxley-Parlour Gallery
3 – 5 Swallow Street
London W1B 4DE
UK
huxleyparlour.com

The Photographers’ Gallery
16 – 18 Ramillies Street
London W1F 7LW
UK
Open Monday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm,
Sunday 11 am – 6 pm

Paris

Galerie GADCOLLECTION
4 rue du Pont Louis-Philippe
75004 Paris
gadcollection.com

Horten

Preus Museum
Kommandørkaptein Klincks vei 7
Karljohansvern
NO-3183 Horten
Norway
Open every day 11am-4pm (until 30 August)
Open Thursday – Sunday 11am-4 pm,
(1 September – 31 May )