21
Jan
12

Jehsong Baak : Photography Series

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“Nothing is more abstract than reality.” –  Giorgio Morandi

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‘Night after Night’ Series
Jehsong Baak
Photograph
1998-2010
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‘Mendes Gans’ Series
Jehsong Baak
Photograph
2008
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‘Mendes Gans’ Series
Jehsong Baak
Photograph
2008
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‘Shelter’ Series
Jehsong Baak
Photograph
1987-1990
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‘La ou Ailleurs’ Series
Jehsong Baak
Photograph
2006
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‘Shelter’ Series
Jehsong Baak
Photograph
1987-1990
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‘Shelter’ Series
Jehsong Baak
Photograph
1987-1990
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Baak freely acknowledges that Robert Frank and Joself Koudelka have served as inspirational mentors in his work. The parallels in the lives of these three photographers are striking as are the basic themes of their work. Yet Baak maintains his own visual language and context that is complex and poignant, creating a personal path so that his work serves as confessions and insights into his persona and life.

The continuity of his photographs and his aesthetic impact are best described as Caravaggesque chiaroscuro. The eerie and surreal prints are of high contrast and a grainy black and white, a result of photographing at night in stark and desolate places. The subjects in these photographs are friends, intimates, and subjects encountered in daily life. Whether the figure is a man or woman, boy or girl, his photographs evoke the feeling of a self-portrait, irrespective of the difference in subject, time or locale.

Baak’s photographs break the stereotype and generalization that photography is a reflection of reality. his photographs reflect his past and present, memories and emotions as if he’s on an endless voyage and his photography is a way to trace his path. While many photographers are engrossed with or attempt to capture too many thoughts and ideas instead of seeing and feeling what subjects are actually at their disposal, it’s refreshing to marvel at his ability to be intuitive and spontaneous. – [Bio]

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Jehsong Baak : Website

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