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Untitled 2007 # 3
© Valerie Belin courtesy Michael Hoppen Hoppen Contemporary
Di-bonded Fuji crystal archive print


Nobuyoshi Araki » Valérie Belin » Guy Bourdin » Harold Edgerton » Edith Maybin » Alex Prager » Tim Walker » Ofer Wolberger » & others

Exhibition: 25 Nov 2009 – 9 Jan 2010

Michael Hoppen Gallery

3 Jubilee Place
SW3 3TD London

+44 (0)20-73523649


Mon-Fri 9:30-18, Sat 10:30-17

Pastel Cats
© Tim Walker courtesy Michael Hoppen Contemporary
C-type print
20 x 30 inches

How do you describe colour? Even the dictionary definition of it is poetic: That aspect of things that is caused by differing qualities of the light reflected or emitted by them, definable interms of the observer or of the light. And; a substance, such as a dye, pigment, or paint,that imparts a hue. And; a reddening of the face; a blush. The scientific words to objectify it are beautiful too: hyperchromatism, wavelength, luminance, iridescence and purity. Since 1861 and the first permanent colour print by James Clerk Maxwell, photographers have been able to define their subjects in a more immediate and creative way using colour- stripping it out, intensifying or limiting it. Presented here are a group of dynamic artist photographers whose works, in this case, is defined by their use of colour. Used either to enhance reality, to confuse reality or for pure aesthetic pleasure, the works are consistently vibrant and full of life.

© Alex Prager courtesy Michael Hoppen Contemporary
Digital C-type print