Established in 2005 by Valérie-Anne Giscard d’Estaing, the Galerie is specialized in Photography. The galerie’s focus is on 20th century and contemporary photography. We represent photographers whose work is more oriented towards documentary photography and photographers more in the conceptual area. We feel that these distinctions are largely artificial. What is important is their dedication, their talent, their vision, their creativity.
We have a strong commitment to our artists and work with institution, galleries and private collectors around the world.
Located in Marais (Paris, France), at the heart of the Village Saint-Paul, the Galerie Photo12 benefits from the lively nature of the district, the architecture of which is subtly evocative of period style and modern architecture.
In 2012 Valerie-Anne Giscard d'Estaing has established Fine Photographs LLC in Santa Monica (California) in order to represent and show Photographers in the USA. She acts as an Art Advisor, Art Dealer and Curator.
We sell Art Prints, editioned and signed by the Artist. However, we also work with interior designers and can provide open edition prints at attractive prices. Do not hesitate to contact us.
There is no frame than can be used for all works. We do not offer standard framing. We do work with a number of framing companies and can offer advice on the frame that would best fit the print you wish to acquire.
COMPANIES – TAXES
Please bear in mind that most of the prints we offer are considered as Works of Art by Tax authorities. In most countries, acquisitions can be deducted from revenues.
We will provide the relevant information depending on your country.
We have a few mounted exhibitions that can travel. Please contact us for more information.
MORE ABOUT PRINTS
Over the past few years, photographs have entered museums and some prints have now reached considerable prices.
Nevertheless, contrarily to paintings, photographs are not unique since it is possible to make several prints from the same negative. The price of a photo will therefore be in function of the quality and the rarity of it. And of course, in function of the picture itself, what it represents. Here is some information about the prints we sell.
It is a print made from the original negative by the photographer or under his supervision. These are prints that do have value on the market. Such prints are stamped and signed by the Photographer. In the case of limited editions, each print is numbered by the Photographer.
The photographer commits himself not to make more prints than previously agreed. Prints are numbered. Near the end of a limited edition, the prints get rarer thus more expensive. The Photographer and the Galerie guarantee that no more prints will be made.
Prints made by the artist, not numbered. The number of these prints is limited as well, usually to two. They are reserved for the Artist and his family or close friends. Once the edition is sold out, the Photographer may put his Artist Prints on the market.
Vintage or contemporary prints
Print contemporary of the photographic session, made or not by the artist. The term vintage applies mostly for prints from 1920 to 1970.
The print was made for an exhibition.
Paper – process
Each Photographer has his own views and practices in terms of prints. The technique used is specified below each image.
The most popular are:
•Silver gelatin. This is the traditional way to print B&W photographs.
C-print (or chromogenic print) is made on negative-type color photographic paper.
Inkjet / Giclée / Digigraphie/Archival pigment ink
Those new printing techniques appeared in the 1990s. Some artists favor them. The technical quality of prints is excellent and duration has been certified by independent Labs.