Leslie Borns

Chairs-Paris, c.1975
Photograph gelatin silver print
5 x 3.38 in
SKU: DB1809d
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This image of empty broken chairs in a deserted alley is reminiscent of the work of Eugene Atget, who was capturing the streets of Paris over a 30 year period at the beginning of the 20th century. His work was highly prized by the surrealists who thought it encapsulated the goals of their movement. Indeed, Borns' image captures that same emptiness and dreamlike quality of the Parisian streets. The image also resembles some of the work of André Kertész, who likewise took several images of rows of empty chairs in Parisian parks.

5 x 3.38 inches, image
11 x 19.5 inches, frame
Annotated en verso "Paris" by the artist
Framed to conservation standards with 100% rag matting, museum glass, and in a natural wood moulding.

This is a silver gelatin print created in Paris, France around 1970. The photographer who printed this herself used a sepia tone to achieve this beautiful amber tone. She applied a varnish or lacquer with a brush to protect the photograph from fading. Over the years, the varnish or lacquer has developed very fine craquelures. It is in excellent condition for its age. On the back of the upper left corner, the artist wrote with a fountain pen the word “Paris.”