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July 13 2014

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Who’s Your Dada?

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Conventionally, when someone makes an assertion despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, that person is lying. When Olivier Zahm does it, the effect is a little more Dada. “I am not a photographer,” the Purple magazine editor announced last night, at the opening of his first-ever photo show, “I just take pictures.”


You could see him do just that, in fact, as friends such as Terry Richardson and Aurel Schmidt turned up at the packed-to-the-gills Half Gallery on the Lower East Side. Michael Stipe, Cynthia Rowley, and Anouck Lepère and Jefferson Hack could be found in the crowd as well, all of them angling for a view of Zahm’s (mostly) X-rated prints, a few of which would have been familiar to regular readers of the online Purple Diary.


“I have to set a limit—there are things I cannot post,” Zahm noted, explaining why so many of the shots at the show never made it onto the Web. “There are photos that are too sexy to be public. This gallery is public, of course,” he went on, “but it’s also private.” Bien sûr.

Photo: Courtesy of Half Gallery

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