Issue #161  5/16/2009
German Photo Team of Cami and Sasha Stone's Studio Archives Goes Up For Sale At Argenteuil

The Argenteuil auction house in the nearby Paris suburbs of the same name will put on sale the photographic archive of Cami and Sasha Stone on June 4th. The archive and sale will include more than 800 works realized--for the most part--in Berlin between 1925 and 1930 and Brussels between 1930 and 1938.

Saved from WWII's destruction by the family of Cami Stone, these photographs that were thought lost will be auctioned off on Thursday, June 4th, at Argenteuil Maison de Vente (near Paris).

This sale may be the only occasion to acquire photographs of the Stones's workshop of its between-the-wars images of Berlin and Brussels. The catalogue will be an historical publication with great documentation of this important duo's work.

Beyond the historical document value of its images of Berlin of the 1920's and 30's, this photographic ensemble is an indispensable element to understanding the European Avant-Garde of this period.

Cami and Sasha Stone are among the most important photographers of the Weimar Republic. Their work in numerous press publications, the innumerable advertisement orders and their participation in the historic exhibition "Film und Foto" in 1929 (in which their works were exhibited in large numbers) all indicate the quality and modernity of their photographic creations.

The photographs on auction represent the last trace of Cami and Sasha Stone's work: indeed, after the war, Cami sold all the glass negatives she had in order to recover the silver salts they contained. This is the last such opportunity to purchase some of their rarest and most important images.

The auction will be held on Thursday, June 4, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Argenteuil Maison de Vente, 9 rue Denis-Roy, 95100 Argenteuil, France. Phone: +33 1 34 23 00 00; fax: + 33 1 39 61 34 77; and email: Argenteuilauction@wanadoo.fr . The expert for the sale is Christophe Goeury, 6 rue Gaston Couté, 75018 Paris. Phone: +33 1 42 54 16 83; mobile: +33 6 16 02 64 91; and email: christophegoeury@hotmail.com . There will be a private viewing at the expert's home by appointment only from Monday, May 25 to Friday, May 29, from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The public exhibition will be held at the Argenteuil auction house on Tuesday, June 2, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday, June 3, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, June 4, 10 a.m. to noon. The auction itself will be held at June 4th at 2 p.m.

The catalog can downloaded in pdf form online at: http://www.bee-web.com/argenteuil/catalog_stone .