An arty gift

Regard Photo Collection (habitat/AFP)

Mythical snapshots, portraits seen through the eyes of artists, political men, the anonymous, moments overflowing with stories told through a photographer’s eye who invites us to “See the world as it is”… At the intersection between art and journalism, this exceptional collection includes prints from the AFP that will be shown to the public for the first time.

A gift to open the eyes and the spirit.

A young woman, perched on a ladder adjusts the garter of a giant mannequin, January 12, 1951

in New York. These are the preparations for the White exhibition at the Waldorf Hotel.

© AFP New York, United States - January 12, 1951

New York, United States - August 21, 2013

Graffiti painted building stand below the Manhattan Bridge on August 21, 2013 in New York City.

The island of Manhattan is connected to the mainland by a series of historic bridges which thousands of New Yorkers use on a daily bases. Life under the bridges offers a glimpse of both a changing landscape and a city where the rhythms of life have changed little over the years.

© Spencer Platt / Getty Image / AFP

Narathiwat, Thailand - March 24, 2010

Thai villagers hang their birds up as they gather for a bird-singing contest in the southern Thai province of Narathiwat on March 24, 2010. Thousands of bird owners from Thailand and neighbouring Malaysia took part in the one-day bird-singing contest.

© Madaree Tohlala / AFP

A picture taken 26th October 1949 in Milan shows American Louis Armstrong, the jazz trumpeter whose melodic inventiveness established the central role of the improvising soloist in jazz. Armstrong always said he was born July 4, 1900 in New Orleans although nobody knows the exact date. He was also a popular singer (hit recording include “Mack the Knife“, “Hello Dolly!“) and entertainer in such films as “Pennies from Heaven“ (1936), “Cabin in the Sky“ (1943), and “High Society“ (1956), but he remained primarily a jazz musician, touring the world with his New Orleans-style sextet. Armstrong died July 6, 1971.

© AFP Milan, Michigan, United States - October 26, 1949