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LEE JEFFRIES

Skid Row I

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The photograph depicts a homeless person. Lee Jeffries is biased to front on views andclosely frames the face. Processing in black and white reinforces the contrasts and shapes the portrait. Neither indulgence, nor complaisance, the style is unadorned. Theartist put emphasis on the relief of the face and laid the wrinkles bare like furrows. Thestrength of this photograph lays in the model's attitude. Lee Jeffries succeeds in magnifying the character who seems both timeless and out of this world. This portrait speaks volumes. A story unfolds. It is no longer possible for the spectator to remain indifferent. The photograph becomes a document which narrates misery, injustice and suffering. Yet, Jeffries' work is stripped of any sordid realism. The portrait is hieratic and true nobility emanates from this face.

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How was your passion for photography born?
I'm a romantic. I’ve spent the entirety of my adult life searching for something. In my 20’s and 30’s I hadn’t a clue what that was. It was only in my 40’s, when I first picked up a camera, that I ...

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Quand je vais dans des endroits comme Skid Row, je passe des heures à marcher, à regarder les visages. Je cherche une sorte d'émotion. Cette personne m'a interpellé. Je suppose que je suis attiré par des visages qui sont presque bibliques.

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