THE TRUE COLOURS OF PHOTOGRAPHY
Why do many photographers use black and white today when their colour palette has considerably expanded? Much more than simply an aesthetic choice, black and white is a language, the discovery of a subjectivity that photographers such as Laurent Baheux, Guendalina Fiore, Guillaume Girardot, Lukas Holas, Serge Ramelli, or Lee Jeffries share in their works. YellowKorner reveals a selection of these, available in your local gallery and on YellowKorner.com in numbered limited edition.
LAURENT BAHEUX: “A timeless character: at once sublime and tragic”
In his photographs, Laurent Baheux pays tribute to the beauty and dignity of the animals that continue to rule the African continent, but whose survival now seems threatened. Laurent Baheux was attracted to journalism and editing at first, rapidly discovering a passion for wildlife photography. Fascinated by Africa, in 2002 on a trip to Tanzania, he began personal work on its wildlife. Black and white confers to his images a timeless character at once sublime and tragic.
“Animals are a matter of my heart.” Lukas Holas
Czech artist Lukas Holas has practised photography since high school.
Quickly deciding to perfect his technique with a view to becoming a professional photographer, he has since combined this activity with that of graphic design. Through a surprising play of light and shade, the artist deliberately highlights the animals' character traits, as well as the intensity of their gazes and the majesty of their postures, exaggerated to give them the appearance of celebrities. Lukas Holas has garnered great success in the press, particularly via his series of animal portraits in black and white presented in Paris Match in April 2014.
“Emotion like that of cinema.” Serge Ramelli
Photographer Serge Ramelli has managed to realise his dream: to photograph Paris in a cinematographic way thanks to lighting effects, framing and atmospheres.
To this end, he applies to digital a technique of black and white once used by American photographer Ansel Adams. Mont Saint-Michel By Night: an emblematic island of French heritage, it is nicknamed the “Wonder of the West” and rises up in the midst of a huge bay that is invaded by the highest tides in Europe. Capturing the light at dusk, the photographer manages to express the poetry emanating from this magnificent architecture to convey to the spectator “a cinematic-style emotion”.
“Emotion is in the eyes.” Lee Jeffries
From the United Kingdom, Lee Jeffries lives in Manchester and continually roams the great Western cities to meet the inhabitants of the streets, seeking to reveal their nobility. His perception of homeless was revolutionised, and Lee Jeffries can’t stop photographing them.
The humanist photographer explains that each image is the result of a long discussion with each of them, a privileged moment that allows him to establish a rapport that is particularly palpable in their gaze. His technique consists of isolating the photographic subject in black and white in order to intensify the gazes using high contrasts, and bring out the lines of the face marked with past experiences.
Guendalina Fiore: Chiaroscuro In Service to Femininity
The young Italian-Romanian Guen Fiore already has what it takes to impress the biggest names in fashion photography. Using extreme subtlety, Guen Fiore captures life in its most natural and elegant form. Delicate and sensual, the young women who model for her photographs appear to be in the midst of discovering their femininity. They sway between fragility, frivolity, and naivety, in a melancholic and bewitching world reminiscent of the atmospheres and tonalities of American films in the 1950s.
“Nothing is more revealing than nudity, except for nudity that is clothed.” Guillaume Girardot Similarly, Guillaume Girardot uses plays of light and shade to underline the curves of the young women, guiding our gaze with sensitivity. His black-and-white images produced on many journeys invite the spectator into the intimacy of exotic landscapes, whether it be the Maldives, the Seychelles, or Tunisia.
Forgetting the lens, even though it is trained on her, the model captured in the photograph Monday rests on a bed of leaves. Although it is in black and white, the image only reinforces the carnal style of the author, thus allowing the spectator to avoid visual distractions and focus only on their emotions.
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