We had the good fortune of connecting with Marie Audier D’Alessandris and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marie, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
Before launching the gallery, I worked in Beauty and Fashion. Very early on in my career, I had the chance to witness the creative process behind Fashion Photography. While on set, I discovered the talent required to create these powerful photographs. I always thought it was a waste that such images would be published for one month in a magazine and disappear in archives. When I was the CMO at Coach I saw prints magazines losing advertising budgets towards digital and realized that Fashion Photography as we knew it was about to disappear. It pushed me to make the jump outside of the corporate world and launch the gallery.

Founded in February 2018 in New York City, The Selects Gallery‘s mission is to create a platform dedicated to Fashion photography to discover, learn and acquire the works of renowned international photographers.

We comb through the archives of the most iconic past and present beauty and fashion photographers to unearth their hidden gems.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?

The Selects Gallery is unique in many aspects. First, it is unique in its focus on a very niche segment of photography: Fashion Photography. It is well developed in Europe, where Fashion Photography is collected and included in most interior designs, but it is still marginalized in the US.

The interest in fashion exhibitions has been growing in the last ten years with record-breaking attendance at the Met Museum for Fashion Institute exhibitions, the traveling exhibition dedicated to Christian Dior house, or “Icons of Style: A Century of Fashion Photography, 1911-2011,” at the J. Paul Getty Museum, to name a few.

Beyond entertainment, Fashion Photography is collectible. In July 2020 at Christie’s, fashion photographer Richard Avedon’s “Dovima and the Elephants” sold for $ 1.8 million. According to Elodie Morel, Specialist in the photography department of Christie’s Paris, the fashion photo galvanizes. It has experienced a revival since 2008. “It is a market that is constantly being renewed and arouses continuous interest,” confirms Jonas Tebib, Vice President of the photo department at Sotheby’s.

I am convinced that we will be nostalgic for the incredible snapshots from when print magazines were at their peak, with large budgets for stories by extravagant fashion editors in partnership with visionary photographers.

In that context, The Selects Gallery is also unique is in the importance we give to educational content. Fashion Photography reflects its time, and it is fascinating to unveil how strong the message is despite being commissioned work. We love no work more than putting the photograph in perspective with the times, the country, and the artist’s life to reveal its underlying message.

Finally, having a background in marketing and eCommerce, we leverage the accessibility of digital to make that content accessible to a larger public. Some of our Youtube videos, which feature photographers’ interviews and haven’t been promoted, have over 13K views.

We aim to offer the same research quality as a traditional gallery with the inclusivity of digital media.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
We would meet in Hudson yards, check the latest exhibition at the Shed, look at the vessel, and stop for a tea at the Americano Hotel. We would visit some Chelsea galleries. I love the passage between 28th and 27th street and would visit the Pace Gallery, Galerie Lelong, Gagosian Gallery, Gladstone Gallery, David Zwirner.

We would then walk the Highline, I love it every season. We would recharge at the standard for lunch and walk to the Whitney Museum. I love their curational approach, you can’t go wrong with their exhibitions. If we have the energy, we would finish the day with some shopping in the Meatpacking district. We would most probably end up ordering some sushi, I love in Bondi Sushi Nomad…

The next day we would walk the West Village. If lucky, we might spot Sarah Jessica Parker shooting her new movie “and just like that.” We would lunch at San Ambroeus and plan dinner at Bar Pitti.
West village is the closest to the special “art the Vivre” you find in Europe. We would buy chocolates at Li-Lac, some bread at Amy’s Bread, and ice cream at Grom.

We would plan a day or two in Brooklyn, using the ferry or water taxis, which gives the option to have an amazing view on the skyline. We would bike through the Navy Yard and eat lobster in Red Hook.

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The gallery would not exist without a myriad of individuals who helped us. It enabled us to launch, it enables us to grow, to meet new people, be challenged, make new friends along the way.

There are so many people that matter that we created a thank you page on our website: https://www.theselectsgallery.com/thank-you

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