10 décembre 2011

Under 1000 / Un choix de tirages à moins de 1000 euros

Under 1000 / Un choix de tirages à moins de 1000 euros
Box Galerie / 88 rue du Mail / 1050 Bruxelles
15/12/2011 - 14/1/2012

Photographies de Kirstoffer Albrecht, Nathalie Amand, Christophe Bourguedieu, Toni Catany, Marina Cox, Hugues de Wurstemberge, Bernard Descamps, Larry Fink, Debbie Fleming Caffery, Harry Gruyaert, Michael Kenna, Bernard Plossu, Pentti Sammallahti, Takeshi Shikama, Carla van de Puttelaar, Michel Vanden Eeckhoudt

09 décembre 2011

Vivian Maier, Street Photographer

Vivian Maier, Street Photographer
Edited by John Maloof / Foreword by Geoff Dyer
PowerHouse Books
134 pages / Broché / Noir et blanc
US 39.95$

On le trouve en vente à la FNAC

J'avais déjà mentionné ici ce projet présenté sur kickstarter.
Le livre est paru, en attendant le film (au printemps 2012).

Une gamme de photos très étonnantes; j'y vois de l'Arbus, du Kertesz, du Weegee, du Doisneau ou du Ronis,... sans doute pas les plus mauvaises références.
La contribution des femmes à la photographie est sans aucun doute trop ignorée.

03 décembre 2011

Sidibe, Schadeberg, Rouvre, Riboud, Marino, Giusti, Clarck & Botha, Burton, Bordas, Acebes / Portraits in Africa, then and now

Portraits in Africa then and now / Malick Sidibe, Jurgen Schadeberg, Denis Rouvre, Marc Riboud, Mario Marino, Francesco Giusti, Gordon Clarck & Leon Botha, Jean Dominique Burton, Philippe Bordas, Hector Acebes
Young Gallery Brussels / Avenue Louise 75B / 1050 Bruxelles
10/12/2011 - 30/1/2012

02 décembre 2011

Beyond style

9/12/2011 - 21/1/2012

"Style is elusive and indefinable. It knows no boundaries and is neither bounded to time nor to space. Style is more than fashion, more than following a transitory trend. On the contrary, it is possible to capture a certain style-feeling in a photograph. Beyond Style, the new exhibition of Fifty One Fine Art Photography, presents a panoramic view on the term “style” with a wide range of pictures.
Various contrasts emerge in the exhibition. Anonymous African studio photos are presented next to world famous icons such as Brigitte Bardot and Paul Newman, two photographs of the renowned English photographer Terry O’Neill. Well-known images of influential fashion photographers like William Klein and Frank Horvat are displayed as well. There is no hierarchy, because the essence of these photos is identical: the portrayed tries to show his personality to the viewer. Poses and facial expressions are universal.
The oeuvre of Jacques-Henri Lartigue is very versatile. Besides his fascination with movement and the quest to capture the dynamics of car racings and airplanes in photographs, elegant portraits are also a constant throughout his photographic career. In Beyond Style his muses Florette Ormea and René Perle are shown, respectively his wife and his mistress. A similar sophistication and flair can be found in “Hat with rose”, a portrait of the Italian model Isabella Albonico by Irving Penn.
Compare the vintage and the recent portraits of Malian photographer Malick Sidibé. His studio photos from the sixties and seventies characterize the post-colonial Bamako community. He portrays the inhabitants at their best, in robes with vivid ethnic prints and with remarkable attributes. The series he made for The New York Times Magazine in 2009, shows the same models in a similar setting, but wearing the designs of Dries Van Noten, Marc Jacobs and Miuccia Prada. The aura of the portrayed hardly differs.
Fashion and style go hand in hand, but are certainly no synonyms. This is also reflected in the portraits of Jacques Sonck. The Belgian photographer chooses expressive and extravert models, who stand out by their exceptional attitude. Although Sonck never had the intention to make fashion photos, his images would easily fit in an avant-garde magazine. The link with the legendary American photographer Diane Arbus who is best known for her photographs of eccentrics, is not remote. Her portrait of notable couturier Madame Alix Gres for Harper’s Bazaar corresponds perfectly with the broad context of Beyond Style. The stately portrait of fashion designer Christian Dior by Emile Savitry is also exhibited.
Fifty One Fine Art Photography creates with Beyond Style a new context and takes all those images from their obvious framework. The link between the different photos may not seem that evident, but their common character is impossible to ignore. The charismatic presence that defines the subject, is always in focus.
Beyond Style with pictures of among others Diane Arbus, Irving Penn, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, Frank Horvat, William Klein, Jacques Sonck, Emile Savitry, Claude Gassian, Saul Leiter, Daido Moriyama, Terry O’neill and Malick Sidibé.