Finders Keepers – 20 Years: A Dealer’s Collection by Michael Hoppen. First edition (2012). First impression. Large format hardback in fine condition. No internal markings. There is some minor marking to back board. Please see pictures. Any questions please get in touch.
About Finders Keepers
The Michael Hoppen Gallery in Chelsea is 20 years old. To mark the occasion, its owner has curated a show called Finders Keepers, dedicated to his own personal collection of photographs – the ones he “has liked and been able to keep”, rather than sold. The exhibition and the accompanying catalogue is an illuminating glimpse into the mind of a photographer who became a curator and an obsessive collector.
Although in part a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the gallery, which was established in October 1992, more than that, this book and the accompanying exhibition serve as a curious survey of the photographs that the Michael Hoppen gallery kept over the past two decades.
Always a dealer and never officially a collector per se, the collection has grown almost by accident, but the one is inextricably bound up with the other: both linked by a natural and long-standing passion for photography, which has fascinated Michael Hoppen ever since childhood. The hunt for an image has preoccupied him for as long as he can remember. In markets, galleries, studios, homes, my eyes have always been caught by those small, sometimes anonymous, jewel-like images, some of which are included here.
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