New York 1996
Arnaud Adida has been working for 11 years for photo agencies such as Gamma and Corbis, and for leading magazines of the time such as VSD and Voici. He spent 6 years in the United States. In 1996, at Outline, it is the moment of the meeting with the American photographers. Considered and recognized as artists in the USA, they are only talked about in France as press photographers. Through his contact with David La Chapelle, Mark Seliger and others, Arnaud understood that these photographers were 360° artists, publishing books and mounting large exhibitions with prestigious galleries. “These artists had created their own ecosystems, displaying their art in ads, bookstores, private venues and galleries,” says Arnaud Adida. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version) In April 2000, the decision is made, it will be the beginning of A. Galerie (Act 2) with Mark Seliger in the spotlight.
23 years and many exhibitions later, the passion is intact. “The sensuality of photography, those prints that I had in my hands when I was working in magazines and that I discovered afterwards in print, gave me an intense emotion. This is still the case 36 years later… ” In 2010, A. Galerie is a forerunner in the field of people photography, exhibiting great artists such as Albert Watson, Patrick Demarchelier, Mark Seliger, Rankin, Steve Schapiro, Ron Galella and many others… The market is growing, photography is entering the salons and is displayed as an art form in its own right. A. Galerie, which has already been in existence for 10 years, is surfing on this movement, exhibiting international artists and developing a clientele from all over the world. Success is often there, sometimes not! The risk is part of the DNA of A. Galerie but always with this irrepressible pleasure to make discover. The artists of the beginnings, of course, (Albert Watson, Patrick Demarchelier, Mark Seliger, Rankin, Steve Schapiro, Ron Galella, Elliott Erwitt, Jeff Divine, Donald Graham, Jimmy Nelson… ), but also those of other photographic universes such as animal (David Yarrow, Nick Brandt, Kyriakos Kaziras), landscape (David Zimmerman, Ellie Davies, Beth Moon), conceptual (Bruno Aveillan, Floto+Warner) but also young artists such as François Fontaine, Jennifer Westjohn, David Servan-Schreiber (painter), Alessandro Vasapolli and Ronald Martinez, all represented, according to the audacity and curiosity of A. Gallery. Today we pass in front of the gallery, we stop or not, we enter or not, but if you meet Arnaud in a day of curiosity with a desire to discover or rediscover the world of photography, then you will not regret it because time flies with the feet on the table while sharing a good glass of wine!