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Silverprint Hotel
La galerie nomade
Greenwich Village, Victor Hugo, and more…
The history of a gallery…that doesn’t really exist!

I was walking through Greenwich Village in Manhattan one Sunday afternoon in 2004. I came across a small gallery at 124 Prince Street that had an exhibition of photos by Jim Marshall and Henry Diltz: The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Jimi Hendrix and many other musicians hung on the walls, immortalized on film in a collection of magnificent photos.

When I returned to Paris, I began dreaming of opening my own gallery, and quickly began work on the "Silverprint Hotel" blog. The inspiration came from that very gallery in New York, the “Morrison Hotel”, that is still going strong today. I like the name “hotel”, and the word “silverprint” depicts the more traditional form of film photography, taking me back to the laundry room I once used as a darkroom. Many an hour was spent in that room developing the black & white photos I was taking of jazz musicians at the time.

In September 2012, I came across the building that sits in the back courtyard of 71 avenue Victor Hugo in Paris. A former stable, it has been completely renovated and stood out as the ideal spot for the next stage of my gallery dream. For a limited amount of time, my virtual gallery has transformed itself into a real life space.

For a few weeks, I am exhibiting photos taken by my friends, myself, and a handful of other artists. After that, “Silverprint Hotel” will be hitting the streets again, in search of a new place that will allow it to continue. Whatever happens, I know it will live on, for dreams never die…

Ursula Moutin-Katzenmeier
Photographer - Writer

I was born in Germany in 1960, ten minutes before my sister. From 1974 to 1986, I played on the Second Division VfL Heppenheim handball team, later joining the Rot-Weiβ Auerbach team and moving up to the First Division. In 1988 I earned my doctoral degree from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe University in Frankfurt, where I studied humanities and sport, and the following year, I published a book about chess in the Middle Ages. My four children were born in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1997, and it was with them in mind that I bought our house with the magic tree in the Paris suburbs. I married jazz musician Louis Moutin in 2000, and began my career as a music photographer that same year. I adopted a stray cat three years ago…and my place has been his ever since. In 2005 I directed the music video “Something like now” with Gildas Boclé. The video can be viewed at: I have regularly exhibited my work since 2001, with shows in Paris, Chicago, and New York. My favorite to date was a collaborative exhibition called “Mes @dversaires bien-aimés”, held in Paris in 2011 for Nikon along with Arnaud Lerondeau.

I have been passionate about photography since my early 20s. This passion is an integral part of me that has been nurtured over time by the magical experiences I have shared with other photographers. Some of these people are known and others less so, but they are all excellent artists. I have posed for some and had the privilege of watching others as they work. Some have given me specific pieces of advice, while others have taught me particular techniques for developing photos both from black & white and color film. Their photos have helped me to develop and refine my own vision. For all of this I would like to thank Ulf Dressler, Wolfgang Menninger, Gisela Dressler, Guy Le Querrec, Jean-Vincent Lefeuvre, Armel Roubeix, and in particular my father-in-law Jacques Moutin, Director of Art and Photography for “Jardin des Modes” in the 1950s along with Helmut Newton, Jeanloup Sieff, and Frank Horvat.