During the final hours on the last day of Paris Photo 2006 (Nov. 19), several framed photographs and one oceanic object were stolen from Galerie Daniel Blau's booth. They had been locked up in the closet while their shipper delivered works to the truck. During these five minutes, the closet in which the items were stored was forced open and a second door was opened with a key and the items stolen.
The description of the stolen items follows:
-One diptych of nuclear tests in the Bikini Atoll, 1946, vintage black and white silver gelatin prints, each 23.3 x 45.4 cm (plus margins). The prints were framed in light colored wooden frames that were 30 x 51 cm and finally wrapped in bubble foil together. The first photo shows the test area with beach and palms in the foreground and the ocean with ships on it in the background. The second photo shows the same area, with the mushroom cloud rising up from the ocean.
-One Margaret Bourke-White vintage photograph titled: "Path of a Parachute Flare (Moscow)", 1941, vintage silver gelatin print, 25.7 x 33.6 cm, framed in a light colored wooden frame, 60 x 48 cm, and also wrapped in bubble foil. This is the well known image used for the dust cover and on page 190 of "Shooting the Russian War" by M. Bourke-White. It shows Moscow at night, dimly illuminated by the magnesium torches falling from the sky.
-One ancient stone fiber beater from New Zealand of about 25 cm length and 8 cm diameter. A hand tool, in the shape of a stout club, like a short version of a British policeman's club.
If you have been offered these pieces, or know anything about their whereabouts, please contact Daniel Blau at the number below, the Paris police, your local police or the staff of Paris Photo immediately.
Galerie Daniel Blau
tel. +49 89 297342
fax +49 89 24204860