‘‘discovering past ICONs’’



From October 26 to November 5, 2022, Ellia Art Gallery will be exhibiting in the Marais district of Paris 200 collector’s prints from the photo archives of AFP, the world’s oldest news agency. The Agency is offering visitors an exceptional selection, sometimes iconic, sometimes unpublished, which at the end of the exhibition will be auctioned off in the gallery itself by Elsa Joly-Malhomme (Ader Entreprises & Patrimoine, expert: Antoine Romand) and on drouot.com. The exhibition-sale offers a dive into the history of news photography. From the Paris Commune in 1871 to the fire at Notre-Dame in 2019, via the Great War, the Liberation of Paris, the first French women’s vote, the raging fists of boxer Marcel Cerdan, actor Jean-Paul Belmondo’s radiant smile and the modernity of Josephine Baker.

Picture take on April 27, 1960 at San Francisco showing French President Charles De Gaulle welcomed in the city during his official visit in the United States. SAM SCHULMAN / AFP

Kennedy delivers his inaugural address after being sworn in as the thirty-fifth President of the United States on January 20, 1961 in Washington DC. At the first row : US first lady Jacqueline Kennedy (2nd L), US former President Dwight D. Eisenhower (3rd L) and US Vice President Lyndon Johnson. SAM SCHULMAN / AFP

Photo taken on April 19, 1963 shows Prince Rainier (R), Princess Grace Of Monaco (L) and their children, Princess Caroline and Prince Albert, during their trip in Philadelphia, home town of Grace, at the 7th anniversary of their marriage. SAM SCHULMAN / AFP

A competitor takes part in the "staircase Championship" which consists of reaching the second floor of the Eiffel Tower in record time, on October 26, 1946 in Paris. AFP

General view of American soldiers walking in the jungle at the Hill 875 near Dakto on November 29, 1967.Background (C), the French photographer Gilles Caron. AFP

Volunteers from Sonko Rescue Team, an NGO privately funded by Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, fumigate a street to curb the spread of COVID-19 during a joint operation with Nairobi county during a 7pm-5am curfew at a residential area in Nairobi, Kenya, on April 6, 2020. YASUYOSHI CHIBA / AFP

French schoolboys listen to their first lesson in a classroom of an elementary school, on October 01, 1949 in Paris during the first day of the new school year. (Photo by AFP) - / AFP

One of our first NFTs - Former presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont) sits in the bleachers on Capitol Hill before Joe Biden is sworn in as the 46th US President on January 20, 2021, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFP