Issue #181  5/31/2011
Contacting Me During My Summer Europe Trip

By Alex Novak

For those European friends of mine and others traveling to the same venues at the same time, or simply those that need to get in touch with me this coming month, I will be in Paris, Bievres and finally at Art Basel (staying at a hotel though in sedate and less expensive Mulhouse). Also, if you need me to preview and bid for you in any of the upcoming Paris auctions, please let me know.

Please be aware that my associate Marthe Smith can still be reached for anything relating to purchases, shipping, etc. Feel free to call her Monday-Thursday, 11:30-6:00 at our office at 1-215-822-5662; or email her at info@vintageworks.net .

My French cell phone from the US is 011-33-610-62-54-33, which is the same as last year. Most Europeans just need to change the 011 to 00 to call me. But please note my itinerary dates. When I am in Paris and at the apartment that I am renting, I can also be reached by the landline, which is 011-33-950-71-98-71. If you are calling from the U.S. or some other non-European location, please consider the time difference and try not to call me in the middle of the night (and besides my phones are liable to be off then).

I am staying near the Hotel De Ville, not far from the Georges Pompideu on 67, rue de la Verrerie, which is the fourth arrondissement.

I arrive in Paris June 1, and will be at Bievres on Saturday (and perhaps Sunday as well), June 7-8.

I will stay in and around Paris until June 15 when I take the train to Mulhouse, where I will stay at the Kyriad Mulhouse Centre, 15 rue Lambert, Mulhouse, France; Phone: 33 (3) 89 66 44 77. It's not one of my usual hotels, but I guess some of you must have read my descriptions of this town in my past newsletters and decided to take a hotel here rather than in Basel itself. Stop doing that! Please. Yes, Mulhouse is about 15% the cost of a similar hotel in Basel, has three or four restaurants that are better than nearly anything in Basel (and at a much lower cost with decent availability), is only a half hour away from Basel by inexpensive local train, and is quieter and less stressful than Basel during Art Basel week. But is those reasons enough for you to take up all the hotel space in town over a month before Art Basel? In any case, I will be there until Sunday, June 19, when I take an early train back to Paris.

I stay in Paris until June 22, taking the plane back to Philly midday.

Novak has over 45 years experience in the photography-collecting arena. He is a long-time member and formally board member of the Daguerreian Society, and, when it was still functioning, he was a member of the American Photographic Historical Society (APHS). He organized the 2016 19th-century Photography Show and Conference for the Daguerreian Society. He is also a long-time member of the Association of International Photography Art Dealers. Novak has been a member of the board of the nonprofit Photo Review, which publishes both the Photo Review and the Photograph Collector, and is currently on the Photo Review's advisory board. He was a founding member of the Getty Museum Photography Council. He is author of French 19th-Century Master Photographers: Life into Art.

Novak has had photography articles and columns published in several newspapers, the American Photographic Historical Society newsletter, the Photograph Collector and the Daguerreian Society newsletter. He writes and publishes the E-Photo Newsletter, the largest circulation newsletter in the field. Novak is also president and owner of Contemporary Works/Vintage Works, a private photography dealer, which sells by appointment and at exhibit shows, such as AIPAD New York and Miami, Art Chicago, Classic Photography LA, Photo LA, Paris Photo, The 19th-century Photography Show, etc.