In just a couple of weeks, just in time for spring in the Northern Hemisphere, we're going to reprise one of our most popular print sales ever. Our first Peter Turnley sale, back in 2010, featured pictures of Paris from his out-of-print book Parisians. I've just been through the fun and satisfying process of choosing, with Peter, several new pictures to offer as fine prints—and I'm really hoping you'll approve of the ones we picked! The body of work Peter has to draw from is enormous—he's been in the process lately of working on an all-new book of Paris pictures.
As before, the prints will be made by Voja (pronounced "Voya") Mitrovic, who for many years has been the master printer for some of the most famous photojournalistic-style black-and-white photographers on the planet—not only Peter, but Henri Cartier-Bresson, Sebastiao Salgado, Josef Koudelka, and many others. If you haven't read Peter's article about him, now would be the time. Voja has now seen all our choices and approved them (meaning, he knows the negatives and knows each one prints beautifully).
Now that the first sale has already happened, many readers have already seen Voja's prints of Peter's work firsthand, and can attest to their quality. (Remember this great video, from Pak Wan?) If you love classic 35mm B&W (as I do), they are...what do the French call that gesture where they kiss their fingertips and then open the hand?
Also as before, we're going to offer these prints for very "democratic" prices compared to art gallery prices. One of the very most gratifying things about our sales is how many people tell us it's the very first time they've bought original artwork.
The five-day sale is now pretty firmly scheduled to begin on Sunday, April 1st (no foolin'). Please be sure to check in at least once that week and take a look.
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Featured Comment by Itippi: "In Italy the gesture means 'al bacio' (worth a kiss)."
Featured Comment by Ed Buziak: "I've spent 11 years in a bar here in France and there does not seem to be a word for the actual gesture. However, the words 'C'est chouette' or just 'Chouette'—loosely translated as 'It's great' or 'Really nice'—are generally uttered at the same time as the gesture. 'Chouette' is pronounced like the word 'sweat' but with 'shh' (as when mama tells a child to be quiet) for the initial 's'...or try saying 'shh-wet.' 'Chouette' is also French for Owl...such is the beauty and complication of this language largely based on Latin."
[Ed is the Founding Editor Emeritus of Darkroom User magazine. —Ed.]