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IN THE FRAME: Gerhard Steidl and Karl Lagerfeld are birds of a feather: Both German, both obsessed with beautiful images printed on beautiful paper. On Monday night in Paris, the two sat side-by-side in a small room at the Monnaie de Paris, watching an 80-minute documentary in which Steidl visits famous snappers and waxes poetic about the smell of new books. The occasion was the opening of the exhibition, “Steidl: When Photography Becomes a Book, From Robert Frank to Karl Lagerfeld,” which runs through Dec. 19 and in tandem with a month of photography events in the French capital. Lagerfeld unveiled a new series of nudes titled “Body Freedom” and starring model-of-the-moment Baptiste Giabiconi. Francois-Marie Banier, caught in the maelstrom of the Bettencourt affair, also attracted lots of attention, but he kept the conversation focused on pictures, including a series he took of Frank in Mabou, Nova Scotia. Banier just spent Halloween in New York City, wearing a red crystal mask and a big fur hat to snap the crowds along 125th Street in Harlem. “I stayed there for hours,” he enthused. “They are very open to be photographed, and to strangers.” The Monnaie showcase also features images by David Bailey, Koto Bolofo, Raymond Depardon, Saul Leitner and Henri-Cartier Bresson.

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