We’re at the party this very moment. After being VERBOTEN to enter because we didn’t have the right little cards in our hands, Dirck went up to the 7th floor of the Palais Congres to beg our admittance. A few minutes later, the river begins to flow again and we are swept in a tide up to the embrace and smorgasbord of Getty, but not before trying an elevator on the 1st floor to the 7th, which got us nowhere but to back to the 1st. We then went to the 2nd floor for the elevator to the 7th, but instead went to the 3rd, then the 4th, then the Zero floor, then back to the 2nd so the attendant could push the right button for us. Everything is exclusive in France, even the elevator rides.
So, here we are. I found an electrical outlet behind the banquet table, but the electricity doesn’t work although the internet does! I have about 11% power left, so this is going to be very short and maybe sweet. Dirck just delivered his photo card to me shouting, “Breaking News, Breaking News, Breaking News!” I think the breaking news is a photo. Here it is.
Samantha Appleton of Agencie Noor, Tyler Hicks and Michelle McNally of the New York Times, Jonathan Wells of Sipa Press and Spencer Platt, winner of the 2006 World Press Photo award schmooz around the sumptious Getty spread. Photo by Dirck Halstead
Spencer Platt and Jonathan Wells, photo by Joan Gramatte