≡ The Hyères School of Photography ≡

My love for the Hyères Festival is known. I’ve written about it and have featured a great deal of the authors shortlisted each year. The judging panel has been responsible for issuing a statement about what they want to see in contemporary photography and it has been bold and exciting, for Hyères always awards an…

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┐ Caitlin Rueter └

How To Be is a series of exercises that revisit and reimagine early 19th century primers for “young ladies.” I stumbled upon these manuals while researching 19th century etiquette books. Most include etiquette but only as part of a more comprehensive course of education. They were intended for upper-class girls and women who had few…

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┐ Jacinda Russell └

© Jacinda Russell, Strange Artifacts: A Photographic and Found Object @ J. Crist Gallery, installation view + details, Idaho, 2007 The wunderkammer or “room of wonder” draws heavily upon 16th century European cabinets of curiosity. I combined digital photography with found object sculpture by printing on canvas and encasing the images in weathered boxes, suitcases,…

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┐ Jean-Noël Pazzi └

© Jean-Noël Pazzi, figure 5 – les cadavres exquis, from the project In(ter)vention © Jean-Noël Pazzi, forêt 6 – paysage, from the project In(ter)vention © Jean-Noël Pazzi, figure 3 – les cadavres exquis, from the project In(ter)vention “Ménager les site frappés de croyance comme indispensable territoire d’errement de l’esprit. Gilles Clément Manifeste du tiers paysage…

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┐ El Plus En └

© Luke Norman & Nik Adam, Untitled, from the project Ellerker Gardens, 2011 © Luke Norman & Nik Adam, Untitled, from the project Ellerker Gardens, 2011 © Luke Norman & Nik Adam, Untitled, from the project Ellerker Gardens, 2011 “We wanted to focus on the ‘in-between’, the volatile state of mind in which instability manifests…

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┐ Victoria Jenkins └

© Victoria Jenkins, Capnomancy, from Images from the Institute of Esoteric Research © Victoria Jenkins, Aeromancy, from Images from the Institute of Esoteric Research “A characteristic claimed to be unique of photography has been its ability to record the visible, material world, its perceived objectivity and accuracy has lead to a utilitarian application of the…

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┐ Li Yun └

© Li Yun, For Individual Use, from the series Impermanent Instant, 2008 © Li Yun, Connecting Wire, from the series Impermanent Instant, 2008 “We Chinese people are struggling in the whirlpool of cynicism with no exception. This is my understanding of the current times. With frenzied emotions and twisted bodies, we are marching forward with…

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┐ Jiang Zhi └

© Jiang Zhi, On the white #4, 2007 © Jiang Zhi, Love Letters No.6, 2011 “Oneness and unity only rests in ‘word’, never in the ‘matter’. I recall a conversation with a neurologist about whether ‘insanity’ exists, and if it did, how. We arrive at an interesting concept, that we were not very interested in…

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┐ Chen Wei └

© Chen Wei, Broken Aquarium, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 © Chen Wei, Idol behind the curtains, from the series Everyday, Scenery and Props, 2009 “The photography/installation works of 31-year old artist Chen Wei illustrate an intricate imagination fascinated with the eccentric and fanciful pursuits of early science, mathematics, alchemy, philosophers and…

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┐ Melinda Gibson └

© Melinda Gibson, from the project Photography as contemporary art, 2011 © Melinda Gibson, from the project Photography as contemporary art, 2011 If Melinda Gibson’s photomontages look familiar, don’t be surprised. A flash of Ed Burtynsky here, a slice of Juergen Teller there, they are all made up of elements of some of the major…

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┐ Anne Collier └

© Anne Collier, Questions (Viewpoint), 2011 © Anne Collier, Questions (Evidence), 2011 © Anne Collier, Questions (Connection), 2011 “I only work in the studio and use a large-format plate camera. It’s a very laborious process that allows almost no room for improvisation. Everything has to be perfectly aligned and calibrated. I’m typically photographing things that…

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┐ Pat Brassington └

© Pat Brassington, Untitled, from the series Cambridge Road, 2007 © Pat Brassington, Untitled, from the series Cambridge Road, 2007 “In most of her ‘artist’s statements’ and the rare interviews in press, Brassington mentions her engagement with both surrealism and psychoanalysis. But there is no allegiance, no endorsement, no salute to the father. Everything is…

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┐ Clare Strand └

© Clare Strand, Signs of Struggle, 2003 © Clare Strand, Signs of Struggle, 2003 AFH: Is photography primarily an expressive tool for you? CS: Photography clearly has an important role in my work but its application is determined by my subject matter. If you look back on my work, I have no one photographic style.…

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┐ Caï Hongshuo └

© Caï Hongshuo, New Anecdote of Social Talk, n°17, 2008 © Caï Hongshuo, Work ladder to the heaven, 2008 “L’œuvre photographique de Caï est cohérente et stylistiquement reconnaissable. Focalisé sur les jeux de lumières et de contrastes proposés par le noir et blanc, l’artiste nous propose des clichés semblant sortir d’un univers fantastique et onirique.…

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┐ Luuk Wilmering └

© Luuk Wilmering, Call it by it’s name nr. 1, from the series Birds need shelter, 2011 © Luuk Wilmering, Birdhunters, from the series Birds need shelter, 2011 “Luuk Wilmering‘s latest series, Bird Needs Shelter, was largely created during his work period in the Holsboer studio in the Cité des Arts, Paris, in 2010/2011. Bird…

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┐ Anne Leighton Massoni └

© Anne Leighton Massoni, Summer’s calling wishful pennies, from the series Holding Nancy © Anne Leighton Massoni, Woman wind woodard warehouse, from the series Holding Hila © Anne Leighton Massoni, My prom sunday promenade, from the series Holding Leighton “I’m interested in combining photographs i’ve made of empty spaces (spaces once inhabited or currently inhabited,…

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┐ Alastair Whitton └

© Alastair Whitton, Untitled #6, from the series Patmos and the War at Sea, 2009 © Alastair Whitton, Untitled #10, from the series Patmos and the War at Sea, 2009 © Alastair Whitton, Untitled #37, from the series Patmos and the War at Sea, 2009 “So, on the left hand side we have this multi-layered…

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┐ Adrian Piper └

© Adrian Piper, Decide Who You Are #15: You Don’t Want Me Here, 1992 © Adrian Piper, Decide Who You Are #11: Remains, 1992 Diarmuid Costello and TJ Demos in discussion on their recent research in relation to art and xenophilia. Listen to it here. More of Adrian’s work here and a good summary of…

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┐ Dalila Gonçalves #2 └

© Dalila Gonçalves, #1, from the series Paper Memories, 2009 © Dalila Gonçalves, #7, from the series Paper Memories, 2009 “In my last project, “Memories of Paper”, I photograph façades, recesses of buildings, more or less degraded, and print these captures on ordinary paper. Then I crumple and throw them away as waste part of…

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┐ Becky Beasley └

© Becky Beasley, Hide, from the series Surface Coverings / The Feral Works, 2004-06 © Becky Beasley, Maladie, from the series Surface Coverings / The Feral Works, 2004-06 “Becky Beasely’s work moves between sculpture and photography and originates in both personal and more universal encounters. Its subject matter is largely composed of autobiographical recollections mediated…

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┐ John Divola └

© John Divola, The Little Man, 1987-89 © John Divola, Rock Falling Through Water, View From The Bottom Of the Pond Looking Up, 1989 “This body of work is based on some personal observations about photographs. I am fascinated by the concept of the photograph as an impression from, or remnant of, that which it…

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┐ Kristoffer Axén └

© Kristoffer Axén, Untitled, from the series How we evolved from water, 2009-2010 © Kristoffer Axén, Untitled, from the series How we evolved from water, 2009-2010 “Built as a riddled narrative of essential fragments, How We Evolved From Water revolves around the state of isolation – not as a momentary occurrence of separation from other…

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┐ Hyungkoo Lee └

© Hyungkoo Lee, Helmet 1 (Self portrait), from the series The Objectuals, 2000 © Hyungkoo Lee, Altering Features with RH5, from the series The Objectuals, 2003 “‘The Objectuals’ which seek the transformation of the original form is a narration of not actually changing the body, but a visual transformation created by the invention of a…

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┐ Koen Huaser └

© Koen Hauser, Untitled, from the series Kosmoz, 2005 © Koen Hauser, Untitled, from the series Kosmoz, 2005 “Kosmoz deals with notions of autism and auto-symbolisation of the self in the portrait genre. Following the visual aesthetics of early psychiatric research, characters were shaped into their self fulfilling appearance by means of digital two-dimensional sculpting.”…

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┐ Ina Jang └

© Ina Jang, A girl © Ina Jang, A boy “My on-going project is an interpretation on the world I dwell. It is a world where people interact with paper objects and blank walls. They seem isolated, emotionally neutralized and void of identities. In such a quiet world, what really matters left in the empty…

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