Photo123, Galerie 1 2 3's website dedicated to photographs

The Photo123 website was created when Jean-Daniel Clerc, founder of Galerie 1 2 3, purchased part of the archives of the Geneva photographer Dany Gignoux.

A world leader in original vintage posters since 1977, Galerie 1 2 3 is opening a new chapter in its history with the launch of, the gallery's website dedicated to old photographs. Several thousand original photographs are available, in fields as varied as music, the mountains or tourism, in vintage prints and proofs.

B.B. King, Nyon

1985 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 320.–

10'000 argentic proofs printed on silver paper by Dany Gignoux herself form the basis of Photo123, including 4'000 photos of musicians and 6'000 of humanitarian or ethnographic reportages.

Jane Birkin, Geneva

1987 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 490.–

In addition to the spectacular Dany Gignoux collection, which will soon be expanded to include her humanitarian and ethnographic reportages, Photo123 also has older treasures:

Genova, Italia, Studi Artistici

1880 circa – Alfred NOACK

CHF 350.–

Alfred Noack's enchanting black-and-white tourist pictures from a trip to Italy at the end of the 19th century or Frédéric Boissonnas' series of phototypes of the Swiss Village at the 1896 Swiss National Exhibition in Geneva.

Souvenir du Village Suisse, Genève 1896

1896 – Frédéric BOISSONNAS

CHF 180.–

Piz Bernina

1930 circa – Albert STEINER


Partie aus Zuos, Oberengadin

1930 circa – Albert STEINER


Massif du Mont-Blanc, Chamonix

1950 circa – Roland GAY-COUTTET

CHF 545.–

or photographs by famous or anonymous photographers from the 1920s showing skiers, sportsmen and mountaineers climbing the Mont Blanc or the Matterhorn.

Mountain photographs >

Zermatt, Le Cervin à la descente


CHF 285.–

Although nearly 4'000 photographs are already available online, Photo123's offer will be expanded over time through the acquisition of new collections.


In 1999, Dany Gignoux had to retire for health reasons. Dany's family contacted the Centre d'iconographie de la Bibliothèque de Genève and JD Clerc of Galerie 1 2 3 with the aim of preserving and distributing her extraordinary photographic work.

80'000 images on various media were then deposited at Geneva's Musée d'art et d'histoire. Galerie 1 2 3 acquired thousands of "double" prints, with the aim of publishing an online catalogue and raising awareness of this outstanding photographer, lover of music, jazz and humanity.

Dany Gignoux >

All Dany Gignoux's photographs are protected by copyright.
© Dany Gignoux / Centre d'Iconographie, Bibliothèque de Genève >

Nina Simone, Geneva Victoria-Hall

1992 – Dany GIGNOUX

CHF 390.–


Pierre-Alain Jaussi

In charge of the catalogue of the website, "Jazz and musicians" specialist of the gallery. Cameraman and photographer, huge jazz fan, member of the committee of the "Jazz under the stars" festival in St-Luc, Pierre-Alain Jaussi has taken on the colossal task of cataloguing this enormous corpus for Photo123, as well as identifying the musicians photographed, Dany Gignoux having sometimes forgotten, in the heat of the moment, to caption her photos with precision..