Posts Tagged ‘medium format

06
Jul
12

Masako Miyazaki : ‘The Other Side’ Series (Photography)

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“What is
On the other side
In the forest
draped in uncertainty
I am alone,
gazing in admiration”

Masako Miyazaki

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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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‘The Other Side’ Series
Masako Miyazaki
Photograph
2011
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Masako Miyazaki’s book The Other Side, was published in late 2011 by Tosei-sha. On viewing it feels like you’re being taken by the hand on a journey into different places. That is not just physical locations, but places in the mind. On studying the images closely, they were taken in a variety of locations, there are images of Japan and elsewhere, yet despite the variety, the image content, texture and style allows them to be presented together whilst maintaining a common theme between them. Location or subject is not what strings them together. On a depictive level, a commonality between the images soon becomes apparent: as the square black and white images almost all seem to be focused on the very remote distance, irrespective of whether the near distance contains any subject of interest.

Additionally, a very close distance object is often obscuring our view slightly – a wall, high-grown grass, a tree, bushy vegetation or similar. We’re often peering over or around those obstructions with a sense of safety as if guarding us from the scene from waist level (possibly due to the use of a medium format camera with waist level finder), like a child who stumbled upon a scene accidentally while running after a ball or a butterfly. Now we find ourselves slightly outside our comfort zone, exactly on the thin line of being equally thrilled and curious to move further while at the same time frightened and wanting to go back to familiar grounds. Here we stand still now, hearing only our own breath and the sounds of nature, frozen in time by our minds and in turn by the capture of the photograph. We’ve become one with the scene, with the environment, except that unlike the trees or bushes around us we have a gaze into the scene and our view is set on the horizon, the infinite distance. – [Extract : J.E.]

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Masako Miyazaki : Website

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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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01
Apr
11

Vivian Maier : “Shadows” (Photography)

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“We anticipate her collection of works will take on a life of its own and are curious
to see where it may go. In fact, we’re fascinated by the progress made thus far…”

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‘reflection in car window’
silver gelatin print
‘shadow’ series
vivian maier

vivian’s shadow viii
silver gelatin print
‘shadow’ series
vivian maier

vivian’s shadow vi
silver gelatin print
‘shadow’ series
vivian maier

vivian’s shadow v
silver gelatin print
‘shadow’ series
vivian maier

vivian’s shadow vii
silver gelatin print
‘shadow’ series
vivian maier

vivian’s shadow x
silver gelatin print
‘shadow’ series
vivian maier

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Driven by her sequestered, private motivations, Vivian Maier captured our cities, suburbs and rural towns. A nanny for many years, herself childless, Maier revealed the beauties and complexities of domesticity. Her photographs demonstrate an intimate exploration of family life, as well as seemingly allegorical treatments of “home”—a space sometimes idyllic and whole, and sometimes troubled—as in her photographs of homes destroyed by tornadoes or street riots. In this present collection, we witness her sophisticated, expansive approach to setting and subject matter both intimate and grand.

The photographic subjects range from Salvador Dali to Nixon; from poignant self-portraits to photos of the unnamed on the street. She documented the exhilaration of Macy’s parades, along with the quiet of cemeteries, scenes of road kill, the life of flowers and her worldwide travels. In addition to Europe and the United States, those travels included places as diverse as Egypt, Malaysia, the Philippines and more. Through surveying her selection of deeply varied subject matter, we are allowed an intimate view of Vivian Maier, obscure photographer extraordinaire. [Extract : Vivian Maier – The Story]

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Vivian Maier : Website

Vivian Maier : Her Discovered Work

Vivian Maier : Russell Bowman Art Advisory

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