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Germaine and the Hotel Nord Pinus « A hotel with a soul » (Jean Cocteau) Of parisian origin, Germaine runs this hotel in Arles which for half a century has been host to the greatest bullfighters and the most famous artists. Each room keeps the mark of one of these notable guests : Dominguin’s room, Mistral’s, Cocteau’s, Trenet’s and Fernandel’s. In 1973, Helmut Newton photographs Charlotte Rampling in the small lounge. In the early 1980s the hotel is closed, but Germaine, in her 80s, cannot resolve to call it quits and leave. The charm that once attracted Cocteau and Picasso when they came to the bullfights is still active for Christian Ramade who invites us for a stroll through another era via his images of Germaine and the Nord Pinus. The photographer’s camera fixes these suspended moments, this stage setting where no play is scheduled to rehearse. On the façade of the hotel, the arch of the nearby forum with a violent streak of neon. Civilisations as well as people are mortal, but invisible chains link them together. As we lean over Germaine and the Nord Pinus, in the photos of Christian Ramade, we reconstitute a story both singular and universal. These photographs were realized in the autumn of 1986 and shown at the Galerie de l’Ecole Nationale de la Photographie in Arles in January 1987. Germaine died in her hotel in March 1987.

Germaine and the Hotel Nord Pinus « A hotel with a soul » (Jean Cocteau) Of parisian origin, Germaine runs this hotel in Arles which for half a century has been host to the greatest bullfighters and the most famous artists. Each room keeps the mark of one of these notable guests : Dominguin’s room, Mistral’s, Cocteau’s, Trenet’s and Fernandel’s. In 1973, Helmut Newton photographs Charlotte Rampling in the small lounge. In the early 1980s the hotel is closed, but Germaine, in her 80s, cannot resolve to call it quits and leave. The charm that once attracted Cocteau and Picasso when they came to the bullfights is still active for Christian Ramade who invites us for a stroll through another era via his images of Germaine and the Nord Pinus. The photographer’s camera fixes these suspended moments, this stage setting where no play is scheduled to rehearse. On the façade of the hotel, the arch of the nearby forum with a violent streak of neon. Civilisations as well as people are mortal, but invisible chains link them together. As we lean over Germaine and the Nord Pinus, in the photos of Christian Ramade, we reconstitute a story both singular and universal. These photographs were realized in the autumn of 1986 and shown at the Galerie de l’Ecole Nationale de la Photographie in Arles in January 1987. Germaine died in her hotel in March 1987.