Posts Tagged ‘darkness

29
Jun
12

René Burri : ‘Blackout Series’ (Photography)

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‘Blackout Series’
Gelatin silver print
05.11.1965
New York
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‘Blackout Series’
Gelatin silver print
05.11.1965
New York
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‘Blackout Series’
Gelatin silver print
05.11.1965
New York
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‘Blackout Series’
Gelatin silver print
05.11.1965
New York
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‘Blackout Series’
Gelatin silver print
05.11.1965
New York
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‘Blackout Series’
Gelatin silver print
05.11.1965
New York
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‘Blackout Series’
Gelatin silver print
05.11.1965
New York
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Thanks to the ever-increasing amounts of artificial light that floods our cities, photographers such as Brassai, Weegee, and Saul Leiter, along with many others, have chosen the night as their subject matter. But on November 5, 1965, Swiss photographer Rene Burri had nighttime thrust upon him. Burri was in New York City when the incident now called the Northeast Blackout of 1965 brought down power in New York City. He was in the city working on film he had shot in China when the power failed around 5:30 pm. With eight roles of film in his pockets, he walked Fifth Avenue between 59th and 42nd streets, producing what turned out to be forty printable images. The images in Blackout New York, depict a strangely calm city. Admittedly, he wasn’t on some of New York’s meaner streets, but the mood Burri captured of the cooperation and resourcefulness is said to have been the rule throughout the city.

Headlights illuminate the streets, and people have left their apartments with flashlights and candles or improvised torches from rolled up newspapers. In some images, and these are among the best, the blackness is merely pockmarked with pools of light. Elsewhere Burri found customers seated at a diner’s candlelit counter or sharing flashlights while checking to see if the payphones were working. People squeezed onto overcrowded buses look somewhat like refugees, but that is really as grim as it gets. In a more definitive image, the image that closes the book, four women stand in the street, silhouetted by oncoming traffic, optimistically awaiting an empty cab. In this slender document of what in the long run was a minor incident, Burri captured some of the best traits of the city during the unusual circumstances he happened to find himself in… ~ [ Charles Dee Mitchell – Photo Eye Magazine ]

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René Burri : Flo Peters Gallery

René Burri : Magnum Photos

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27
Feb
12

Ronan Guillou : ‘Colour Photography’ ( Series 1 )

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‘Ready Made Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Yippee Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Driven Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Driven Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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Catching places, cities, glances: Ronan Guillou translates his pleasure and desire for keeping traces of them during his walks. Cities, and the people who animate them, are the basis of his humanistic approach. Aside from his commercial campaigns, Guillou’s personal work records moments of ordinary life, where men and women are photographed during their daily routines in urban landscapes. Initially influenced by cinematic environments and the aesthetics of American cities, his work also extends to cities in Asia, Europe and South America. Without criticism, Guillou feels affection and empathy for his characters, giving the images a pictorialist and poetic depth… – [Extract : Bio – Sous Les Etoiles Gallery]

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Ronan Guillou : Website

Ronan Guillou : Series (2)

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27
Feb
12

Ronan Guillou : Colour Photography ( Series 2 )

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For the past ten years, Ronan Guillou has undertaken a broad personal photographic investigation, suggesting a vision of the complexity of the dialogue between the protagonists of urban life. It was in the process of his numerous expeditions on different continents that this research became clearer, before he made the United States his primary source of documentation. Difficult to classify, Ronan Guillou’s work is somewhere in between documentary photography and plastic photography; where in just a few years, the artist compiled a considerable body of work that he only began showing in 2005.

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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Downtown Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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‘Intra Muros Series’
Ronan Guillou
C-Print
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If his photographs suggest a poetic vision of the ordinary and call upon the imagination of each and every one of us, they also question us on the temporality [material matter] of places, reveal their nearly organic power as well as their fragility, and examine man’s relationship with the constructed universe. The use of a medium-sized format allows the artist to give priority to immediate contact with his subject while remaining in touch with the elements outside of the frame.

Color is also at the heart of the production process as the decisive material of the formal approach; if in fact it makes it possible to reveal the geometrical force of spaces and the poetic dimension of certain scenes, it tends to pay tribute to traditional American iconography as well. The entirety of Ronan’s work is produced on negative film and no retouching is carried out on the originals, leaving the photographers point of view intact and without distortion. – Extract : Press Release – NextLevel Galerie

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Ronan Guillou : Website

Ronan Guillou : Series (1)

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09
Jan
12

William Gale Gedney : ‘Cross Country’ Series (Photography)

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‘Cross Country’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1966 – 67
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‘Cross Country’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1966 – 67
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‘Cross Country’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1966 – 67
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‘Cross Country’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1966 – 67
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‘Cross Country’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1966 – 67
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‘Cross Country’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1966 – 67
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From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, Gedney photographed throughout the United States, India and Europe. From street scenes outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, he recorded the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy. [Duke Edu]

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William Gale Gedney : Archive

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08
Jan
12

William Gale Gedney : ‘Houses At Night’ Series (Photography)

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‘Houses At Night’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1960s
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‘Houses At Night’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1960s
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‘Houses At Night’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1960s
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‘Houses At Night’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1960s
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‘Houses At Night’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1960s
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‘Houses At Night’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1960s
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‘Houses At Night’ Series
William Gale Gedney
Photograph
1960s
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From the mid 1950s through the early 1980s, Gedney photographed throughout the United States, India and Europe. From street scenes outside his Brooklyn apartment to the daily chores of unemployed coal miners, from the indolent lifestyle of hippies in Haight-Ashbury to the sacred rituals of Hindu worshippers, he recorded the lives of others with remarkable clarity and poignancy. [Duke Edu]

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William Gale Gedney : Archive

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24
Feb
11

James Withey : Photography (Black & White)

Inside

‘Inside’
james withey
photograph
2011

Bell

‘Bell’
james withey
photograph
2011

Mend

‘Mend’
james withey
photograph
2010

Hoping

‘Hoping’
james withey
photograph
2010

Accompany

‘Accompany’
james withey
photograph
2010

Twins

‘Twins’
james withey
photograph
2010

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James Withey : More Works

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