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Arles - Palais de l’Archevêché - place de la République
Daniel Michau (France)
« The moment after… »
It's the time of the return where body, mind and environment are crossing in that deep privacy and loneliness.
The light, the matters, the smoothness coming out from each inner self … since it's all about it : women at the nearest of their intimacy, of their interiority. Women seen at the closest of themselves, within their limbo, in the suspended moment of peace, that gravity, that plenitude.
Those bodies have just been fondled, loved, kissed, devoured, creased, they have been giving, receiving, taking, giving back love, sap, dream, warmth, wonder, pleasure up to exhaustion.
It smells sex and cigarettes, it rustles and it is bursting with poetry ; a fresh softness, almost a vegetal one. It's beautiful and nice.
« The moment after… » is a series of smoking women's portraits who have just been making love. The partner is deliberately outside, the light is natural, the framework is neutral and the real place is chosen by the couple.
Paul Von Borax (France)
« Les fumeuses … / Smoking women »
It was necessary to search things. The workshop had been lifeless, without a visit, nor anybody touching it, for ten years… It was necessary to start understanding , to know what had really happened, who he really was… Paul Von Borax was my half-brother. A French-German through his father, a conscientious objector out of personal conviction and a photographer out of love for light and for the beauty of women.
During the war, while the capital city was breathing in cover under a greyish green sky and vibrating with the sound of the boots, I crossed with him from time to time on cafe terraces. Always in a very pretty company, sipping an excellent expresso, frozen Suze drinks, with a laughing face and recklessness as a banner. I did not understand such a futility in times of war. It was his reply, his own, to death that was falling all around him, to the cold and blocked horizon. I understood that quest for beauty, for light on soft skins, for cosy places that sheltered from the violence outside, from invented worlds.
August 1942, a rumour crossed the city : a place for women existed somewhere in Paris. They could get drunk there, smoke every tobacco and make love. A place where no man could enter. The rumour had called that place « les fumeuses / smoking women ».
Now, I think that the « smoking women » killed my brother. I found in his workshop, half-hidden under piles of sheets, photo prints of a magnificent series of smoking and embracing women, They were beautiful and sensual to damnation, made up and nestled and they kept smoking again and again. Dozens of photographs, dozens of girls in a labyrinth of alcoves. Not a single man.
Yes, one man was there ! But was he a man like the others ? A man who could go to war ? On the last picture he was made up and full of laces. He was nestled in the middle of the lascivious girls… and he smoked like a pretty woman.
I think that my brother died with the smoking women. I think that he chose his life just like he chose his death. He is now somewhere with lost smoke. Lost but free.
And I am searching the ashes.
Paris, August 1952.
Emma Barthére (France)
« Pieds Nus … Barefoot… »
Emma Barthère's images are bringing a feeling of purity and healing enclosed in a staging that is somewhat disturbing temporal landmarks until it obliterates them. They have the same intensity as some bas-reliefs from the Romanesque statuary art. A link between the sacred and the profane, between the will to product meaning and access to the poetic or divine dimension. Such stealthy beings, mischievous angels, sometimes inquiring or plain witnesses, are leaving their mark as a shining presence, brush women, appearing as free subjects.
Are they the choir of an ode to the ruins of a dying world ? Such apparitions, naked, white and round notes on the devastated and chaotic partition are showing us stubborn, proud and surviving seed-women promising, swearing and playing on the disrepair they are seeding.
The angel gendered at last, is examining us on a human point of view, marking a pause, questionning time and space, a brilliant and unexpected neutrinos, present before and after light. It comes and lands, with its wings still spread, that one is attempting to fly off, its wings are vibrating and its body is shooting forward. Emma Barthère is making us the accomplice of such a vibrating and simple little game and is inviting the feminine nude to irradiate rather than imposing it. It unveils a peaceful vision of womanhood transfigurating an aggressive and sterile environment, the vision of a world to which it is not subduing any longer.
Lauréat du concours Réponses Photo: Roland Burkhard
« To suggest is to create. To depict is to destroy »
Robert Doisneau (1912-1994).
« When naming an object, you destroy three quarters of the poetic enjoyment of the guess little by little : suggestion, that’s dreaming...»
Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898).
Photography goes along with that research, the enigmatic ally of painting and of poetry to invite to a new reflection on the unspoken. Lines and curves are embracing and merging into an immersing physical motion within the turmoil of romantic painting. The evanescent and elusive body seems to be escaping from the image framework to dance along with the imagination of the viewer who is invited to walk along an inner path in order to find out the art of feeling, to express one’s personal free thoughts emerging from the depth of his sentiments.
« Romanticism is neither lying precisely in the choice of the subjects, nor in the plain truth, but in the way to feel. (…) When one says romanticsm, one says modern art, that is to say intimacy, spirituality, colour, aspiration towards infinity »
Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867).
The theme of the suggested body, such as approached by Roland Burkhard in the contest-submitted pictures, is an invitation to personal introspection, in order to find out the aspirating way to infinity, the quest for spirituality and intimacy that Charles Baudelaire was talking about at the 1846.exhibition
The ten photos illustrating the contest subject are presented in a square format to go back to modernity and oppose to the traditional rectangular framework. The format is not defining a preferred reading direction but is inviting the eye and the spirit to a world where horizontality and verticality are harmonizing.
Martina Massarente (Italie)
« Sussurri - Whispers… »
“Sussurri – Whispers” was the result of a transition in my artistic and intellectual journey. The passion I felt during my university years for theater, films, art, music and all other possible artistic expressions led me to develop my interest in female characters from some plays that I later researched.
This is the primary reason that triggered my personal research, a journey directed to express the author’s concepts, behaviours, identities, contents, as well as what I have been trying to build since I started being passionate about photography.
Ibsen’s universe, made of mysteries, silences, closed doors, eavesdropping, and spying eyes, and his ghostlike characters, become real people in the photographs for all purposes.
They are no longer abstract characters, but women that live among us and experience personal situations, and have impressions, roles, wishes, and fears that each of us can relate to and understand in depth.
My goal was to represent the feminine identity developed in Ibsen’s work in a contemporary light by creating synergies with my personal torments and emotions, with the interests I developed as a result of my studies on the special relationship that connects me to the models I have worked with, who have been friends and artistic companions from the beginning of my journey.
Didier Michalet & Karen Firdmann (France)
Arles - Chapelle Sainte-Anne - place de la République
Malou Moreau (France)
« La genèse / Genesis »
"A process that involves both the Birth and the Development of something, all the facts and elements that contributed to the formation and production of a result"
A series of nineteen photographic works revolving around Genesis.
Nineteen visions, nineteen possible readings between evidence and abstraction.
Browsing this treasure hunt for images, is loke watching the same reality through a prism with faces in turn : social, sexual, existential, religious or psychoanalytic.
Nineteen symbolic and metaphoric works where each of them appears to be the starting point of a reflection that will depend on our own psyche.
Genesis treated as an echo to our deep origin.
Peter Henri Stein (France)
Fabrice Numa (France)
« She-readers and Tryptichs »
« Since a few years, I have been working on that idea : to be able to take photos
of differently dressed different women, each time reading books as serious as
They are she-readers, showing with humour and derision that this place is a most unusual one. It is also an advocacy for the medium, possibly bound to disappear, owing to the emergence of ebooks.
And thus, an image bound to disappear itself … therefore, I am crawling and even generating dust at times.
They are pictures in which I am trying to show two opposing characters, with a
neutral image in the middle to be used as a bridge to tell a story that everyone can understand as they like.
Some of these triptychs can be more easily readable than others, some are merely logical ones, others are more chromatic or geometrical.
Arles - Espace Van Gogh- place Wilson - Rdc ouest
Franck G.Alonzo (Cuba)
« La photographie / Photography »
Frank loves experimentation. He uses different shooting and imaging techniques.
His black and white or colour photographic series are on the borders of abstraction. Either graphic or pictural they are taking us to the meeting of reality with our imagination.
Thus, that young photographer, is offering us « visions » of a distorted reality through the prism of his sensitiveness.
Those are imaginary moments, light-reavealed « visions », some written pieces taken from reality but moving towards another dimension.
Alan Cat (France)
« suspeNues »
This series of photographs is an anthem to grace coming out from the artist united to his device. A demanding hand to hand fight inspired from the aerial silk of circus and by classical and modern dance postures.
Feline, agile, tender, Prêle gets tied up to the silk, she is taming it, she is twisting around, fusing into it, fitting to it, pushing it, marrying it, embracing it, repelling it…
Situated at the same level as the artist, we are just hanging in the air with her, a few metres away from the ground, the spectators of her body's looseness, of her strength, of her boldness and of her flexibility.
In a stripped-down and modest scenery, the soft and powdery light comes to caress the curves of the dancer – acrobat – model, whose perilous figures seem to be incredibly easy. An ultimate time when breath gets suspended to make us live an angelic instant in weightlessness.
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Steve Wells (Nouvelle-Zelande)
« Dans le noir / In the Dark. »
Steve Wells likes to work around the portrait and to give an often inexpected meaning to his interpretations. « Dans le noir / In the Dark » is a series that is telling about the beauty with which the photographer is diverting with humour, brand names into word games and adding hints of personal experiences.
Every day we keep being bombarded by images staging attractive products, always with stronger promises : what they call advertising.
We are so conditionned that we are buying and consuming such products, without even knowing whether they are really good for us.
Such images are just meant to take us towards an ideal, and even better towards perfection. But you need to remember that the promise here is nothing but appearance.
Steve Wells, while reinterpreting in his way such an allured reality, played with the beauty industry codes.
Laurent Fabre (France)
« Paysages intimes / Intimate landscapes »
A nude landscape. A nude in the landscape. In the course of his travels, Laurent Fabre is questionning the sensual relationship that may exist between a person and nature. In the intimate landscapes of Greece, Italy, France and Bulgaria, a model is nestling : himself or his partner.
Within the space of an often improvised session, because it was dictated by the beauty and power of a lanscape, the body gets married with nature. A body free from any device.
The clothes are falling, the senses are sharpening. The wind is engulfing into the hair and fondling the skin. The rustling of the leaves or the chop of the sea on the rocks are lulling like an awakening music. The marine air or the fragrance of an undergrowth are getting exhilarating. The body is shivering with the soft contact of stone or with the rough touch of a thousand year old trunk. From the communion with the elements a harmony feeling was born.
Snow, water, rock, tree : as the project is implemented, Laurent Fabre is discovering and unveiling that mysterious feeling to be one with the landscape. Moments of grace when man and nature are reconciled.
Elian Bachini (France)
« Picturales de danse / Dance pictorials »
The reality of daily life has never been enough to make me live. Since I was a child, I have tried to escape from it through drawing and painting and for a long time through photography. Dance offered to my eyes, the strongest feelings that the staged body could offer.
I tried to supplement such an approach of bodily expression by an off stage work. I photographied dancers, whether boys or girls, in my workshop, a very narrow space. No big jumps, no grand gestures, narrow movements in a square format.
Arles - Espace Van Gogh- place Wilson - Rdc sud
« Rock'n Flag »
Urbantag presents for the first time Rock'n Flag, a series of digital mix-media, during the Paris mois de la photo at the Galerie Rue sans Fraise. His work, deeply influenced by musical culture, of utmost importance in his photographical research, is exploring different media : photography, video, light show, video mounting, music, enhanced reality.
Once upon a time...
Infinitesimal pictures will be close to infinitely large pictures, video images will
be flirting with still images, video mixes will harmoniously blend with large format photographs, enhanced reality will join the party, a musical battle will suggest this medley of media.
Cat Soubbotnik (France)
« Abandons »
In two parts: Desire and Moods
Self-portraits, swift sketches, peeping or exhibiting...
Portraits made by a woman for a man… she guesses how the man wants to see her,or how she doesn't accept she wants to see herself.
She thinks of the man's desire, hard, raw, animal but classy and elegant... politically correct or socially tuned?
Stolen portraits showing desire, sensuality, beyond taboos... portraits of seduction... sex portraits... portraits of a woman.
Arles - Espace Van Gogh- place Wilson - 1° étage
Bruno Rédarès (France)
« Vingt ans et plus / Twenty years old and more »
Nude is the photographic subject that Bruno Rédarès is particularly fond of. Since the beginning of the 90s, he has been organising shooting training sessions on the theme, in France and abroad.
The exhibition is a collection of two decades of images that were achieved during the sessions, shaped by his research in the place, his choice of the models and of the shooting themes, as well as the best light, during the stagings that he created for his trainees, to meet their wish and thank them for their faithfulness.
It is out of such an experience that he created in 2001 in Arles, then also in the Baux de Provence, the European Festival of Nude Photo "Glances onto the Body". The festival is an extension of the workshops he implemented. It has soon become a famous and recognized artistic event.
Arles - Galerie de l'Hotel du Musée - rue du Grand Prieuré
Jean-Emmanuel Costedoat-Lamarque (France)
«Nus d'avant, d'hier et d'aujourd'hui / Nudes from before, from yesterday and from today»
Between Jean-Emmanuel Costedoat-Lamarque and photography, it is almost forty years of a love story, of shadow and of lights. The exhibition is a true « Treaty of light », that we are invited to share with him. The series called « Nus d'Avène / Nudes from Avène », a series inspired by his photographic masters, is diving deep into Jean-Emmanuel Costedoat-Lamarque's serious beginnings.
« Nus au château / Nudes in the castle » is bringing the proof that our photographer is taming light.
Finally, last series « Nus en studio / Nudes in a studio » shows his perfect mastery of the influence of lights and shadows put down onto the paper. And there, no other device than the painting of light is appearing, in order to magnify and sublimate the nude body.
Enjoy the contemplation of some of the photographs in the exhibition. They are resulting from such prestigious influences to which Jean-Emmanuel knew how to add his own experience, a little mystery, some amazement and all the magic part he is capable of.
Françis Chancerel (France)
« Les rêves de Cendrillon / Cinderella's dreams »
In the field of illusions, ambitions and jealousies, beautiful Cinderella is imagining a better life. Her repressed desires are developping into dreams leading her inevitably between dreams and nightmares.
The veiled body, the translation of the transition from the real world to dream worlds is dominated here by the vegetal world always capable to get transformed and to invade us.
In that unreal time-space continuum, bodies are enriching with transparencies, are stretching into spun shapes, are changing with the constraint of the fusions of elements.
The series is built on the basis of natural light shooting and long poses with opaque veils which, when quickly drawn, are resulting in overprints, and when regularly drawn are yielding covering or airy effects.
Arles - Galerie de l'Hotel de l'Amphithéâtre - rue Diderot
« L'identité en question : une approche photographique du corps / Identity in question : a photographic approach of the body »
In September 2011, Vincent Brugère started a photographic study of the body. We are living in a company within which the questioning of limits is permanent : the limit of our life space, of our intimity, of our body. Thus, Vincent chose to study the body because it represents our first limit and the last one, our ultimate shelter. Furthermore, partially burnt, his personal path led him to experience the limits of his own earthly body.
His visual research is intended to question the idea of identity. Thus, he tried to shoot psychological identity in his relationship to the body. He was interested in the identity of mentally suffering people. Therefore, he made an attempt to represent three ways of perceiving one's body :
The abstract body when it is appearing like an independant entity ; The fragmented body when it is losing its unity ; The confused body when the subject is meeting problems to feel the borders of his/ her own body.
Three ways to consider the body but only one photographic highly-contrasted black and white processing. The totally black background allows to isolate the body from any context that could interfere with its reading. Skin is treated so as to obtain a statuary rendering. Vincent addresses the body like a material. No legible face is appearing. In collective imagination, it is considered as the very place for identity and yet, Vincent is working on anonymous bodies, material bodies, abstract, fragmented and confused bodies.
Les Baux de provence - Salles de Manville-Hôtel de Ville
Hans Silvester (France)
« Tableaux vivants / Living pictures »
Body paintings of the Surma people.
I worked for 10 years (29 trips) with the Surma tribe in Ethiopia.
They are semi-nomadic breeders, who own big cow herds. They have always been warriors, today, they are equipped with Kalachnikovs. Bloody conflicts with the other tribes are frequent, their territory is very large and is touching Sudan.
Those shepherds are living naked, body paintings are replacing clothes, the variation and the fantasy of these paintings are extraordinary, they are done with the natural colours found in the walls of the rift valley.
To be the witness of things at the right moment is a rare opportunity for the photographer and thus, I was able to achieve a documentation unique in the world of those living pictures.
The whole of Africa is changing, so is the South of Ethiopia.
Said photos are already documents from an ephemeral art which is in danger of disappearing for ever.
Les Baux de provence - Ilots Post Tenebras Lux -Grande Rue
Marie Piselli (France)
« Copy Cancan »
The magician's wand transformed "Post tenebra lux", a Calvinist oratory built in 1571, into a open sky music-hall. The Cutaway (a painting with live model) becomes a group of French Cancan dancers set on a money print in plastic, a symbol for the buoyant art market and a tribute to Andy.
The red Fairy, like the Chinese forgerers, turns into a forgerer herself with this " POP" dance and Andy still looming.
It is all about a history of art: tastes and distastes...It is a scream (Munch) to avoid ending up in sewage...nothing better than the naked woman to bait the machos art collectors, probably no more than 5% of female art vs. 95% of male art.
The original, proudly, hides behing the wings of this contemporary theatre whilst the copies dance Cancan on the whim of the Mistral wind.
Try to find it, you, 21st Century pirates, the equation is easy :
The device is towering up like a maieutic-mayonnaise is the art of giving birth to the thoughts the wits are closing in, as Socrates explained.
POST TENEBRA LUX : LIGHT AFTER DARKNESS
Les Baux de provence - Galerie de la Cure -Place de l'Eglise
Pierre-Yves Le Strat (France)
« You Cube »
YOU-CUBE is photography session which I realize in public or in studio. The playful spirit and the cohesion of group creates an animation which causes very original situations. One or some persons settle down in a design white cube (of 1m3), and they move according to their size and their humor of moment.
In a festive and communicative dynamics, quickly, they pose, play, discuss and laugh inside and around the cube and I get then the best and most intense moments.
During every event, the participants are more and more original and creative and it allow the concept to be more aesthetic and popular.
Les Baux de provence - La Citerne -Place de l'Eglise
Patrick Willocq (France)
« Four Seasons in Shanghai »
The Shanghai Girls calendar advertising posters were used as advertisements during the 1930s in Shanghai. The women used in these posters were considered the height of fashion in their time. Major companies would present these calendars as gifts to their clients at the beginning of the Chinese New Year.
Today these posters are popular collector's items, and although the items they advertised are long gone, the Shanghai girls live on…