Saturday, 18 April 2009

_'Cabinet of Curiosities'

_Christiane Celle celebrates the expansion of her bookstore chain with an exhibition of Lyle Owerko's portraits of the Samburu. Photography bookstores are rare, even in New York City. That is why Clic Bookstore & Gallery is such a find. Despite the morphing retail landscape along the city’s main shopping districts, the bookstore is expanding to three more locations later this month. Because, even when everything appears to be changing, some things always stay the same – things like good photography, which never seems to go out of style.

Celle, who is married to fashion photographer Antoine Verglas, marks the opening of her three new stores with an opening exhibition of Lyle Owerko’s portraits of the Samburu, a nomadic warrior tribe also known as “The Butterfly People.” A portion of the proceeds from the sales of Owerko’s photos will go towards the Thorn Tree Project, which supports the Sereolipi Nomadic Education Foundation. Owerko’s photography coincides with Celle’s future plans for Clic, which were partly inspired by a recent trip to Kenya.

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