Sarah Moon plays with strangeness to express beauty. This photograph of a face left no one indifferent.
Sarah Moon (b. 1941), Untitled, 1999, silver print, numbered 1/20, 54.5 x 44.5 cm (21.45 x 17.32 in).
Misawa, Kiosk, a 1970 silver print (18.3 x 27.6 cm/7.23 x 10.34 in) by Japanese photographer Daido Moriyama (b. 1938), fetched the afternoon's highest bid at €15,000. It was followed by this Untitled image by Sarah Moon (b. 1941), which sold for €10,200.
The Musée d'Art Moderne de Paris had chosen to honor Moon in the autumn, but the "PasséPrésent" show, like so many others, was suddenly interrupted just after opening. Moon says she "photographs privilege, the unlikely, the chimerical, the evanescent". She is on a continuous quest for the strange alchemy that will suddenly emerge from her camera, tracking down the miraculous perfection of an instant. She loves darkness, which fosters confusion between the imaginary and the real. That is why such a singular atmosphere permeates her photographs. The Paris museum wanted to show the diverse output of the artist, known worldwide for her work in fashion. This print reveals a small glimpse of it.