Paris collector, expert and dealer Gérard Lévy passed away on November 11, 2016. Born in Morocco, Gérard lived in France where he graduated from the Ecole du Louvre. His first specialty was Chinese and Japanese art he dealt with from his stand at the Clignancourt flea market until he opened his gallery in the center of Paris on the left bank.
From the 1960s on he took an interest in photography and over the years became one of the renowned experts on 19th century french photography and also in Dada and Surrealist photography. His sharp eye and infallible vision became his trademark supplemented by his elegance and his special humor. Over the years he collaborated closely with other leading photography dealers such as the late Harry Lunn, Hughes Autexier and Francois Braunschweig of Texbraun Gallery and many more.
Most of the leading museums and private collectors were his faithful customers who relied on his advice and enriched their collections with outstanding images through him. He was one of the pillars of the photography department at the Israel Museum, Jerusalem and contributed greatly to the formation of its collection.
He will be missed in the field.