The Beauty of Lines

The Beauty of Lines

The Gilman and Gonzalez-Falla Collection

Portrait of one of the world's finest private photography collections




Edited by Tatyana Franck and Pauline Martin. With an essay by Pauline Martin and an interview with Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla by Tatyana Franck

1st edition

, 2018

Text in English


200 pages, 101 color and 32 b/w illustrations

21 x 27 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-800-3

In cooperation with Musée de l'Elysée, Lausanne


Over the course of four decades, Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla have put together a collection of photographs that is widely recognized as among the World's most important private ones. Spanning the entire history of the medium, it lacks hardly any of the names that forged his history. It comprises some of the most famous masterpieces by artists such as Eugène Atget, Robert Adams, Walker Evans, or Robert Mapplethorpe as well as works by contemporary photographers such as Cindy Sherman, Hiroshi Sugimoto, or Thomas Struth.

The Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne is one of the world's leading museums entirely dedicated to photography. A highlight in the museum's 2018 exhibition program is the show The beauty of the Lines, featuring some 120 works from the Gilman Gonzalez-Falla collection. The coinciding book presents the selected images in visual confrontations rather than just chronologically, offering a key to their physical quality and inviting the reader to question his or her own individual experience of sensitive relationship to the photographic image. Published alongside the images are an essay exploring the range and significance of the collection and a conversation with Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla.

Autoren & Herausgeber

Tatyana Franck

 is director of Lausanne's Musée de l'Elysée since 2015. Prior to this appointment, she has directed the Archives Claude Picasso in Geneva as well as a number of important photography collections, and has curated various exhibitions.

Pauline Martin

is a conservator at the Musée de l'Elysée in Lausanne and a lecturer at Geneva School of Art and Design.