Rich Photographer buys French village

by Steve Meltzer

posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at 3:38 PM EDT

Courbefy-ahae-logoAn American landscape photographer bought an entire French village yesterday for what many people pay for a new house.

Ahae Jeong (shown on the right), who goes by his first name, purchased the village of Saint Nicholas Courbefy, France, for just $663,000, which was actually some $400,000 over the auction starting price.

Ahae, a South Korean born photographer based in the United States, shoots very quiet and serene nature photography, images one observer described as “so simple, so beautiful, so perfect.”

Widely collected and published, Ahae will have a one-man exhibition of his images this June at the Tuileries garden of the Musée du Louvre in Paris. Some of the images in that show can be seen here.

The French village, located in the Limousin region of Northwest France between Bordeaux and Lyon, consists of 19 homes, a 13th-century ruined castle, a half completed hotel, a chapel, a swimming pool, an overgrown tennis court and rundown stables. (To see more images of Courbefy, click here.)