This is my second post setting out my thoughts on my trip to Arles. The previous post is here. In some cases several portraits of the same subject are included. All are head and shoulder portraits and in most the subject confronts the viewer head on. The work was made digitally and Hugo has presented the images in black and white.
Arles 2013: Klavdij Sluban (Olympus)
Mes rencontres d'Arles , par Emmanuel Bertrand
Amid all the big and established shows at the Rencontres d'Arles Photography festival the Discovery Award is usually a good barometer of new and upcoming photography. Chosen by five curators from around the world, each of which offer up two rising talents, it aims to show the range of contemporary photography. But this year, exciting work is thin on the ground. Maybe it's because the festival's theme is Arles in Black, which really means Arles in black-and-white, the work on display seems overly concerned with process — at the expense of the end result. Thus Martin Becka has shot Dubai, that most postmodern of cities, in monochrome using a 40x50 cm view camera and printing on waxpaper negatives, a process almost as old as photography itself. The end results resemble stills from a 50s sci-fi film shot by someone still in thrall to modernism. Interesting, but oddly flat.
Nuits de la Photographie, Rencontres photographiques d’Arles 2013 sur ARTE creative
A picture of Viviane Sassen. Vertical image. Two bodies are hiding themselves between the leaves of a tree. A bag is standing on the middle.
Realism or fiction, poetry, abstraction or pure nostalgia? It was paradoxical, then, that in the bars and cafes on Place du Forum, where the curious and the dedicated gather nightly on the opening week, the main talking point last week was the sprawling exhibition of new work by Wolfgang Tillmans , in which the colour tones are often dramatic and the world they reflect sometimes seems to have emerged, glossy, metallic and unreal, from a JG Ballard novel. Tillmans, who remains the only photographer to have won the Turner prize, has been a conceptual pioneer for two decades now.