Exhibitions at Galerie Esther Woerdehoff
With a passion for night and lust, Gérard Musy began to photograph in the late 70s. Between New York, London and Paris, he plunged into the excitement of these cities’ nightlife. In fashion shows backstage, at private parties and nightclubs that illuminated the 80s, or in the hidden mystery of the S/M scene, Gérard Musy transfigured desire, beauty and fantasy into vivid and vibrant photographs. With an everlasting enthusiasm, the photographer aspires to embody his subject and… more
Paysages photographiques : réinventer le réel
This autumn, the BnF (the French national Library) will hold a major exhibition, "Paysage français", une aventure photographique, 1984-2017, where two photographers of the gallery will show their works. Xavier Dauny, with his series Pylônes, methodically explores our environment and the traces left by human on the
natural landscape. Guillaume Martial, who won the HSBC Prize in 2015, exposes "Parade", a series realized within the mission France(s) Territoire liq… more
Feuillate June night! And Seventeen! – You get tipsy.
The sap’s champagne and blurs every feature...
wander: you feel a kiss on your lips
That quivers there, like some tiny creature...*
Elene Usdin is proving that she is not only an excellent photographer, but that she can also handle the brush like the great classical masters. Last autumn at Paris Photo, the French artist exhibited in exclusivity some of her newly fresh and unique pieces from her latest series, Les Habitants (… more
The Prix HSBC pour la Photographie, created in April 1995, is now in its 22nd year of accompanying young photographic creation and undertakes to support even more strongly the work of its Laureates with a fifth stage in the travelling exhibition and help in producing the works presented in this latest exhibition, thus providing a fresh impetus for the Laureates.
An annual competition is open from September to November to any photographer who has never had their monograph published, with no age … more
Like the ringmaster Monsieur Loyal, Guillaume Martial introduces us to his new show, a playful and offbeat universe of photography filled with the magic of movement and the illusion of reality. So - drum roll! - the red curtain opens up and we enter Footlights!
Footlights is the title chosen by French photographer Guillaume Martial for this exhibition, which presents several of his recent series. It is also the original title of Charlie Chaplin’s only novel : it was unpublished during his… more
Coffee for Oppenheim is the only Swiss-Danish joke in the world. And for there to be a joke, there must be a relationship, a neighborhood, a hatchet to be buried, two versions of an original language whose use, when it is done by the other, is so colorful. A “us”, a “them”, and a fence to trap, to move, to degrade, in order to test the elasticity of what connects us and separates us at once. A joke is a tug of war. To make a joke, it takes intimacy. One must respect the f… more
To celebrate the 80th birthday of the photographer, the gallery is happy to show a retrospective of his work.
With a passion for photography from an early age, Léon Herschtritt studied at the Ecole Nationale de la Photographie. Sent to Algeria to teach photography, Leon Herschtritt spent his days in idleness, but met Nicole, who became his wife, and photographed children in the streets of Algiers. With Les Gosses d’Algérie, his first series published in the magazine Ré… more
Traces of empire, the ruins of French imperialism, here is the new series of photographer Thomas Jorion, exhibited exclusively at the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff and accompanied by the release of a book published by La Martinière. Well known for his work on abandoned places (published under the title Silencio in 2013), the French photographer has spent the last years travelling the world to realize his new project on colonial history.
If one is easily charmed by the pastel colors of decrep… more
In fall 2015, the gallery presented the series "The Eye of Love" and "The Magic of the Rail" by René Groebli (born in 1927). It was the first exhibition in France of this great Swiss photographer whose career runs through the entire second half of the twentieth century. His personal work thus follows with curiosity and versatility the history of photography.
Nudes, issued this year by the Swiss publisher Sturm & Drang, reveals a magni cent study of the female bo… more
"Le Château Rouge" is the first volume of a series of photographic essays conceived by the Austrian-born artist Martin Essl (he was born in 1982 and moved to Paris in 2012). Named after the Paris metro station, this work presents itself as a sensitive and urban fiction about the photographer’s daily life.
The gallery had a huge coup de coeur on this beautiful book where the artist transforms a ordinary reality through the filter of photography. Each photograph chosen by… more
Known for his work on the civil war in Algeria and Sudan, his street installation for his series on drug in Switzerland and the city of Varanasi in India, and more recently for his series on the Oktoberfest in Munich (published as Bierfest by Steidl editions), Michael von Graffenried had traveled all around the world with the exception of South America. The Swiss photographer recently discovered this continent and this visual portrait of Rio de Janeiro is the result of several stays in the metro… more
Fotografien aus drei Epochen
"Above all, I am a sculptor" says Iris Hutegger." Although her work starts with a camera. Originally from Austria, she became an artist in her thirties. From a certain distance, her artworks look like colored pencil drawings. But as you get closer, you can perceive the grain of the black and white photograph, and also hundreds of threads, overlapping on the image. We can now understand that the color comes from the threads which embroidered the image and added a third dimension … more
Born in 1958 in Madrid, Chema Madoz has been spending the last thirty years creating a body of work that manages to escape the trends of artistic photography while constantly honoring it with the most beautiful tributes.
In the influence of Surrealism, the photographer becomes a sculptor, on a line stretched between the real and the imaginary. By transforming objects, often utilitarian, playing with collage, juxtaposition, reflections, he then brings chaos in everyday life and seems to allow … more
Esther Woerdehoff Gallery is pleased to show the works of two photographers. Marc Sommer and Laurence Demaison, black and white for her and colors for him, a long-time acquaintance and a new discovery.
Laurence Demaison, represented by the gallery for 20 years, introduced the gallery to Marc Sommer’s work. A long-time friend of Laurence Demaison and Patrick Bailly-Maître Grand, he also lives in Strasbourg. Laurence convinced him in showing his photographs for the first time to … more
L'exposition présentera une sélection exceptionnelle de tirages vintage ainsi qu’une édition récente des photographies de ces deux séries, , mises à l’honneur par la publication du livre René Groebli, Early Works par les éditions Sturm & Drang.
The exhibition will present a unique selection of vintage prints and a recent edition of these two series, showcased this Fall by the publication of the book René Groebli… more
Eric Bourret is an "artist walker". His work has been influenced by English land artists and landscape photographers. Since the start of the 1990s, he has been travelling the world on foot, over every kind of terrain and at every altitude, making images he sees as "experiences of walking, experiences of the visible".
Bourret’s expeditions can last for anything from a week to several months. But he always applies the same protocol. He superimposes a number of vi… more
The series Femmes d’intérieur by Elene Usdin only includes unicas, painted by hand on the photography. The artist, who is an illustrator and a visual artist as well as a photographer, reinterprets famous paintings from the history of classical or modern art (by Raphael, Ingres, Schiele, Balthus etc), all portraits of women painted by men. These figures of the past, princesses or muses, now pose as cut-out silhouettes within a domestic environment, modern and mundane. They seem to me… more
Far from being a paparazza, the American artist Gail Albert Halaban invites herself in the intimacy of the inhabitants of New York or Paris - an elegant way to draw the portraits of theses two major cities and those who live there. The approach of the artist is to get in contact with the individuals she photographs through the phone book. Most of the time, they accept and allow Gail Albert Halaban to create links between those neighbors we usually only observe out the window or simply meet in th… more
The Galerie Esther Woerdehoff is pleased to present two series by photographer Jacques Pugin: The Knights of the Devil and Sacred Site. The exhibition features two parts, two views on the same subject, Africa: first a black and white work on the ruins of war and then luminous color photographs of traces from an ancient but lively culture.
The Knights of the Devil
How does one photograph war? Certainly not by repeating pictures of corpses, answers the author who decided to re-appropriate images … more
For this year’s edition ot the Mois de la Photo-OFF, the Galerie Esther Woerdehoff is pleased to present Michael von Graffenried’s new series "Bierfest".
What does privacy look like nowadays? Do we find it in the private space, in the closedsphere? Or rather on the internet, especially on the social networks, those mixed areas in between public and private spaces where the invitation is too irresistible to the users to make public, in a continuous flow, their most intima… more
The Galerie Esther Woerdehoff is proud to present a recent series of images by Swiss photographer Gérard Musy, which will be exhibited in a pop-up venue located in the Marais area during Le Mois de la Photo Off.
Gérard Musy’s Kaleidoscope series display a multiple and dynamic concept, celebrated by day and night. In this temporary Mois de la Photo Off space, Kaleidoscope will be presented in different ways: A slideshow will be projected on the gallery window, framed print… more
Curated by Galerie Esther Woerdehoff, Drive-In is an exhibition about cars, showing the approach of this subject by numerous photographers, from the fifties to nowadays.
When Elliott Erwitt, during and after the depression era, photographed those rolling dreams with his candid sense of humor and irony, cars, especially the very large and imposing ones, were already a landmark in the American landscape. In the early fifties, when Swiss photographer Robert Frank, thanks to a Guggenheim fellow… more
Juliette Bates (France, *1983)
During her participation to the PHPA prize in 2013, Juliette Bates won the Special Jury Prize with her piece The Swan. She came to photography after graduating with a Master degree in Art History, specialized in photography and the theme of carnival and freaks in the late nineteenth century. In her series Histoires Naturelles, a female figure dressed in black velvet invites us into a cabinet of curiosities where birds, insects and skull are staged and question the… more
Arthur Tress (USA, *1940)
Born in 1940 in Brooklyn, Arthur Tress grew up near Luna Park in Coney Island and started photographing in the streets. Quickly, his images revealed a strangeness which he called himself “magical realism”: the appearance of the fantastic in a common world, as it would first seem. A girl catching goldfish in front of the Chateau de Breteuil, a boy with hands made of roots, or a man-silhouette emerging through smoke, ... although these photos-fictions used a … more
Duane Michals (USA, *1932)
Since the 1960s, Duane Michals’ work has been defined by a combination of text and photography. The American artist, who describes himself as “writer of photography”, tells stories and writes the “movements of the soul” in his shots. In exclusivity for the gallery, Duane Michals developed a series of unique pieces. From old anonymous photographs discovered at the parisian Galerie Lumière des Roses, the photographer became painter a… more
Esther Woerdehoff Gallery is pleased to present a selection of recent works by the Spanish photographer Chema Madoz. A bottle of night black ink, a tie acting as barrier or a swinging butterfly, these photographs describe a poetic inventory of reality, transformed by an illusionist photographer. Chema Madoz selects the size and edition he gives to each of these precious silver prints and the gallery presents for the first time his stunning large prints, where a giant butterfly becomes a bird … more
Esther Woerdehoff Gallery presents an unconventional exhibition conceived by guest curator Patrik Schedler.
The exhibition will be exceptionally hosted far from the fifteenth arrondissement in a pop-up space located in the Marais. The art critic Patrik Schedler has been managing the estate of the Swiss photographer Karlheinz Weinberger, whose extraordinary portraits of young rebels in Zurich during the sixties were exposed several times at the gallery and in art fairs.
With this exhibition … more
No need to introduce René Burri, the legendary Swiss photographer born in Zurich - his portraits of Che Guevara, Le Corbusier or Picasso are true icons !
However, there is still a lot to discover : Burri, who has been a member of the Magnum agency since 1959 and famous for his black-and-white photographs, always carried along at least two cameras. While shooting in black and white, he would always take color pictures.
René Burri says : “I have led a double life as a photogr… more
Born in 1952, Simone Kappeler began taking photographs at the age of 11 year-old. After studying German literature and art history, she attended the School of Design Zurich in photography major.
In 1981, she began a four-month journey through the U.S. driving an old Gran Torino. During her road trip, she took black and white and color pictures with toy cameras like a Diana. With these images, rediscovered only in 2010, we dive into a world of sensations, a personal representation of what the Uni… more
The French photographer Philippe Monsel will present in parallel another vision of America, quite conceptual and contemporary. His triptych Mansour Coca-Cola is the result of a composition made of 300 photographs taken in New York City in August 2012. This immense piece reveals, in a very cinematic way, the day of a delivery driver in Manhattan in front of his red truck with the Coca-Cola logo. Allowing multiple levels of reading, this metaphor of the American dream jux… more
LE PRIX PHOTO D’HÔTEL, PHOTO D’AUTEUR
Daphne Rocou is the winner of the 2013 PHPA prize and the 2013 Virginie Clément prize!
Greek photographer Daphne Rocou has won the two PHPA prizes for 2013.
The jury of industry professionals that met on Wednesday 4th September at the galerie Esther Woerdehoff chose the same photo as the staff of HPRG, who cast their votes the day before.
Daphné Rocou‘s photo tells an extraordinary story:
In 1945, at the end of the Second World War and just before civil war broke out in Gre… more
With Queens, Jacks, Jokers and Ace, Swiss photographer Christian Tagliavini plays cards in his new series, but the artist turns the usual faces into bigger-than-life paintings, full of symbols and aesthetic effects. The title given to each of theses Carte, as he calls this series of eleven photographs inspired by the whims of fortune, keeps the mystery of their Italian name: Regina di Fiori, La Matta Rossa, L’Amante or Lo Speziale.
Originally an architect and designer, Christian Tagliavin… more
Lustre and Lamées, the two series of the Swiss photographer Gérard Musy, plunge us back in the nights of the Sexy Eighties, tempting and fascinating. In his sophisticated black and white pictures, people, gender and classes merge into a cocktail of night energy.
In Paris, the Fashion scene was making the law between the Palace and the Bains Douches, in New York bankers and taggers would finally meet in night clubs, and in London, Skin Two magazine introduced the world to Fetishism… more
Since the 1990s, Laurence Demaison's photographs have gone above and beyond the nature of self-portrait to offer a profoundly original vision and a body of work which has been diverse and extremely consistent at the same time.
If the self representation remains for many artists a mirror which sublimes their authors, the distortions the photographer did to her body and her face rather refer to the creation of an alterity that would escape from her true image. The surrealism of the images an… more
Exhibition: 8 November – 22 December 2012
Opening: Thursday November 8th, 2012, from 6 to 9 pm.
The artist will be present.
“In Thierry Cohen’s Darkened Cities, we see bright night skies over cities. Actually, what we’re seeing is the opposite. These are the skies that we don’t see.
Before these pictures can exist, the sky from one place has to be superimposed upon cityscape from another. It is impossible to see this detail in the night sky above a c… more
Carolle BenitahFéminité sans tabous4.10. - 3.11.2012Vernissage: 4.10.2012, 18 hPhotos Souvenirs I started to be interested in my family pictures when I was leafing through my family album and found myself overwhelmed by an unexplainable emotion. These photographs were taken forty years earlier, and I could not even remember the moments they were shot, nor what preceded or followed those moments. But the photos reawakened an anguish of something both familiar and totally unknown, t… more
6e édition du prix photo d’hôtel, photo d’Auteur (phpA) : Carte Blanche à Magnums PhotosL’exposition investira l’intérieur et l’extérieur de la galerie. outre les photos des 12 photographes concourant pour le prix PHPA, la Carte Blanche à Magnum Photos comportera 5 photos inédites de 5 photographes de l’agence (une photo par photographe).Julien Taylor Thibault de Puyfontaine Ronan Guillou Chiara Dazi Vincent Gout… more
Frank Schramm, "Le Concorde : Paris - New York",qui débutera le 25 mai 2012 et se terminera le 14 juillet 2012.Vernissage : mercredi 23 mai 2012, de 18 à 21h.Frank Schramm est fasciné par les avions depuis sa plus tendre enfance. Armé de son Hasselbald, il décide, en 1989, lors d’un déjeuner dans un aéroport de la région parisienne, de photographier le ciel aérien et en particulier le Concorde. Ces incroyables machin… more
The Esther Woerdehoff gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Ursula Kraft and Michael Schnabel's recent works. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The artists will be present.Michael SchnabelIn the series "Still Berge", Michael Schnabel photographs the Alps like gigantic, eternal monuments, lost in a quiet night. The night made it possible to see the other side, the mountain emptied of its tourist activity, phenomenon so insignificant on the ge… more
The Esther Woerdehoff gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of Ursula Kraft and Michael Schnabel's recent works. The opening reception will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012. The artists will be present.Ursula KraftThe German photographer will be presenting new works which continue et complete her Emerentia series and also pursue the questioning of dreams, metamorphosis, myth and the transition from childhood to adulthood. The artist uses landscapes along with the symbolism of fair… more
Karlheinz Weinberger“The Rebels”Gangs in black jackets, poseurs dressed in blue jeans and big belt, girls with beehive hairdos, the young rebels photographed by Karklheinz Weinberger had for heroes James Dean, Marlon Brando, Elvis and Marylin. However, we are in the deep end of German Switzerland in front of a generation traditional and conservative society rejected and nicknamed the « Verlaustan » (covered of scum) while they like to call themselves the « Halbstark… more
Embarqué a 16 ans comme mousse sur un bateau, Philippe Calandre sillonne les mers du globe avant de revenir en France pour raison de santé. Bloqué à terre, il trouve dans la pratique artistique et surtout dans la photographie un moyen de s’évader par la créativité. Il choisit de faire de la photographie son métier, alternant ses recherches personnelles et son travail de photographe de presse.
En parallèle de ses séries … more
Prince of Darkness (excerpt)After an ongoing correspondence, Jason first came to work for me in 1989 when he had completed his photography studies in Eugene, Oregon. A hard worker and quick learner he was an excellent assistant and I was fortunate to benefit from his services for three years. He was, and still is, passionate about music and I would often hear jazz from the 1940’s and 1950’s in the background as he quietly got on with the day’s tasks. He introduced me to Miles D… more
Philippe Vermès : "Portraits et icônes".From October 20th thru December 23rd, 2011Opening Reception : Thursday, October 20th, 2011 from 6pm-9pmThis exhibition will be composed of portraits of photographers taken by Philippe Vermès over the past 30 years always showed with an iconic photo by the artist who was portrayed.The list of photographers included in the exhibition are :Bruno Barbey, Edouard Boubat, René Burri, Philippe Calandre, Lucien Clergue, Denise … more
Prix PHPA / Guillaume Amat
carte blanche à Patrick Tourneboeuf
Jason Langer / Photographies
La galerie Esther Woerdehoff a le plaisir de vous inviter au vernissage de l'exposition
le jeudi 7 avril, de 18 à 21 hmore
Chema Madoz | Obras MaestrasVernissage: Wednesday, March 2nd, 6 pm - 9 pmExhibition: March 2nd - April 3rd, 2011Esther Woerdehoff gallery is pleased to present Spanish photographer Chema Madoz's recent work. The exhibition comes with the publication of his last monograph Obras Maestras by the edition “La Fabrica”. Like a poet assembles words, Chema Madoz realizes his photographs based on a vocabulary of objects that he combines, reprocesses, and opposes to finally obtain unexpec… more
Dans le cadre du Mois de la Photo 2010
Mario Cravo NetoCorpo & Alma Photography, Installation/Sculpture, VideoExhibition Curator: Alban de La FonSon of a famous sculptor, Mario Cravo Neto was born in 1947 in Salvador, Bahia. Nurtured in the cultural setting of his native city, he began his first artistic experiences very early on: sculpture, drawing, installation, photography and video. Throughout his life, he did not pose any boundaries between the different orientations taken by his artistic activity. Thirty-five black and whit… more
Gallery Esther Woerdehoff is pleased to invite you to the opening of the exhibition : Nymphalis antiopa / Traum-a, photographs by Ursula Kraft.
Nymphalia Antiopia (2007/2008)
A young girl’s body is lying, naked, still and frozen. Absorbed in the process of mutation, of metamorphosis, caught between childhood and womanhood, between the little girl and the little boy ; a figure of the indeterminacy that preceeds the becoming and the destiny of a human being. Abandoned, left alone, stretched… more
Olivier Mériel was born in 1955 and is mainly known for his images of the French littoral. From Normandy to Ireland, from Iceland to Sicily, he managed to translate extremely different places into his own language.
Starting from the early 70’s, he put together a coherent and homogenous set of images. He mastered to perfection the effects of light and shade, which combined with the exclusive use of long exposure techniques for frame size 20 x 25 cm or 30 x 40 cm bring together th… more
Nouveaux talents de la galerie Esther Woerdehoff
»Our assimilating eye links us with many alien elements and unconsciously combines them with the events of other, earlier glances. Everything that we look at repeatedly and longer than necessary eventually begins to speak within us. We want to hear this inner text, which is almost a self-commentary by our ever-receptive egos—it is the reward for our looking-work..«#
Some of them have names, and are called Merle, Eva, or Frieda, but most of the people in Sabine Dehnel's large-format painting… more
60 ans - 60 photographies
À l'occasion des 60 ans d'activité de la célèbre agence photographique Magnum, la Galerie Esther Woerdehoff montre un choix de 60 photographies qui en ont fait l'histoire.
Chacun des tirages présentés, aux formats divers, représente un photographe de l'agence et un évènement historique. En fait, les images nous rappellent des moments qui ont marqué définitivement la mémoire collective, comme l'assassinat de John F. Kennedy : l'impressionnan… more
En 1963 René Burri rencontre Ernesto Guevara à Cuba. Une rencontre qui va marquer à vie son oeuvre.
Pour le 40ème anniversaire de la mort du Che, la Galerie Esther Woerdehoff présente une exposition exclusive du photographe suisse et expose également, pour la première fois, ses collages inédits, créés exclusivement pour l'exposition.
Les photos de René Burri du Che dans son bureau, le fameux cigare entre les lèvres, sont devenues des icônes dispersées partout dans le monde et re… more
We are all of us emigrants from a country we can remember little of and we try to reconstruct it, but all that is most important about it escapes us.
We feel that we have never been so happy since we left it or so miserable, but we can’t remember how the happiness felt or the quality of the misery : we watch our children’s eyes for hints. Knowledge has altered the taste of every emotion ...
Graham Green, «The lost chilhood»
Over five years the photographer Lillian Birnbum has followed you… more
Lorsque l'on a pris conscience de la distance infinie qu'il y aura toujours entre deux êtres humains, quels qu'ils soient, une merveilleuse "vie côte à côte" devient possible: Il faudra que les deux partenaires deviennent capables d'aimer cette distance qui les sépare et grâce à laquelle chacun des deux aperçoit l'autre entier, découpé dans le ciel.
Rainer Maria Rilke
La distance dont traite Rilke, est la même qui nous permet de mesurer notre monde et celui de l!autre. Les artistes p… more
La Galerie Esther Woerdehoff propose, du 30 janvier au 10 mars 2007, l'exposition collective Bestiarium. Elle met en premier plan la créativité et les rêveries des photographes contemporains sur le monde animal. C'est un panorama insolite et surprenant.
Protagonistes sont, bien sûr, les animaux: pris dans leur environnement naturel, vus comme des jouets ou comme partie essentielle dans les cérémonies humaines.
À l'interprétation donnée par les photographes représentés par la galerie… more
Le projet de Marina Gadonneix s'inscrit, selon ses propres termes, dans "l'observation du monde quotidien dans sa construction et sa mise en scène, faire du monde familier dans lequel on vit le lieu de l'artifice, avec sa part d'inquiétude, d'étrangeté et de mélancolie."
Une des qualités de ce projet, outre sa réussite plastique, est également à trouver dans le degré d'explicitation qu'il se donne, et que l'on vient d'énoncer plus haut.
Marina Gadonneix s'intéresse au monde des m… more
The World Is Beautiful est le voyage, en 13 images photographiques couleur de 70 x 110 cm, de Bijutsuko ("l'enfant des Arts"), une jeune fille japonaise qui a quitté le temple de Sanzen à Kyoto pour s'embarquer vers Tokyo.
C'est à la fois un parcours physique et métaphorique à travers le Japon. Si, au début du voyage, elle pose encore à la façon des cartes postales traditionnelles sous les cerisiers en fleur du parc Inokashira, nous la retrouvons à la fin dans une chambre du Park Hya… more
Le livre et l'ombrelle
L'Éthiopie, pour les archéologues et les historiens, c'est le territoire de notre ancêtre Lucy. Pour le lecteur de poésie, c'est la dernière destination de Rimbaud.
Mais l'Éthiopie est aussi une civilisation au confluent du Nil et de la mer Rouge, dont l'histoire est écrite depuis l'Antiquité.
Or la civilisation, en Éthiopie comme ailleurs, c'est ce qui a résisté aux invasions, aux massacres, aux politiques désastreuses, aux épidémies, aux famines et mêm… more
Biographie Loan Nguyen 1977
née le 27 août, nationalité suisse
Ecole d'Arts Appliqués, section photographique, Vevey
"Galerie Esther Woerdehoff" (septembre 05)
"Galerie SPHN", Berlin (du 11.11-20.12.05)
Cycle photographie de mode, Galerie Partikel, Lucerne, Suisse
Espace "Entretemps", Le Bon Marché, Paris
"10 designers", Festival International des Arts de la Mode de Hyères
Expositions collectives 2004
"Vague 2", Hommage et Digression… more
Ce visage vieux comme le monde,
visage de vieux bouffon
qui joue avec les nuages
Et cette face de lune
au sourire pâle
qui joue avec nos ombres:
ce sont des leurres, des masques
posés sur la tête de mort
qui nous sert de dieu lare.
"La cité avait été gouvernée jadis par des princes qui portaient le visage découvert; mais dès longtemps s'était levée une longue horde de rois masqués. Nul homme n'avait vu la face de ces rois, et même les prêtres en ignoraient la r… more
Rêve, réalité ou encore cauchemar…
D’où viennent ces images ? Elles semblent sortir tout droit de l’imaginaire. Mais pour passer de l’esprit à un support (la photographie) il faut bien une part de réalité.
Il est vrai qu’a l’époque actuelle avec le numérique tout semble possible, comme elle aurait aussi très bien pu faire des montages au laboratoire lors du tirage.
Mais non, elle les crée dès la prise de vue, ces images que vous avez sous les yeux sont celle qu’elle v… more
Pascal Loubet fabrique à partir de quatre visages réels des portraits totalement artificiels. La photographie, au départ destinée à représenter une réalité, est ici détournée de sa fonction originelle en ce sens que Pascal Loubet crée à la fois l’objet photographié et sa représentation.
Ces photographies sont ensuite combinées sous forme de film où chaque visage passe lentement à un autre, reproduisant la fascination exercée par les images qui nous environnent aujourd’hui … more
Est-il nécessaire de présenter Louis Stettner ?
Ses photographies sont désormais des icônes et des symboles de la photographie contemporaine, des images qui ressentent à la fois de la photographie straight américaine et de la photographie européenne.
Stettner découvre la photographie par ses protagonistes : Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Wegee et Brassaï. C’est ce dernier qui lui apprend qu’une vision personnelle peut transformer une chose ordinaire en quelque chose d’extraordina… more
Mois de la Photo
L’exposition présente deux chapitres bien distincts de l’histoire allemande.
Ici, ce sont les plages du débarquement, photographiées par Matthias Koch avec la grande chambre installée en haut de l’échelle de sa voiture de pompier. Les images agissent comme des témoins, autant de traces architecturales, comme ces bunkers abandonnés par les envahisseurs et ces cratères créés par les bombardements laissés par la Seconde Guerre mondiale dans ce paysage normand si généreux.
Là, … more
Femme ou poupée, être vivant ou jouet, à la fois enfant et objet de désir, la "poupée japonaise" de Mario A., artiste allemand installé au Japon, est photographiée dans différentes mises en scènes qui jouent sur toutes ces ambiguïtés, en faisant référence à la culture japonaise et au rôle de la femme dans cette société.
Sachiko est une poupée ou peut-être une femme. Visage impassible, yeux largement écarquillés, Sachiko regarde dans le vide. Parfois, son regard semble attir… more
Virginie Pougnaud et Christophe Clark mettent en scène des personnages dans des univers qu'ils créent de toute pièce. Dans des cadres urbains, des intérieurs bourgeois, ou des décors fantastiques, souvent ces personnages se retrouvent face à eux-mêmes, dévoilant leur solitude et leur intimité.
Virginie Pougnaud est peintre et Christophe Clark photographe, ils mêlent leurs univers depuis 1998.
Virginie conçoit des maquettes qui sont photographiées en studio par Christophe. Décors et… more
Born in Zürich in 1933, René Burri belongs to the great photographers of the second half of the 20th century. His body of work covers almost all major events of the last five decades, beginning with the Suez conflict in the 50ies, the crisis in Cyprus, the last communist revolution in San Marino. Burri photographed in Corea and Vietnam, he covered Cuba and Latin America. Again and again he went to the Middle East, travelled in China and Japan, or visited South Africa. René Burri saw the world… more