Initiated at the close of the 1970s, at a time when artistic images was just about solely a matter of black and white, the “Photocolore” sequence is especially revealing of the exercise of John Batho, an artist born in 1939. Very early, from 1963 , the selection of coloration looks clear to him. In the pictures he requires of his close surroundings, he isolates everyday objects on a colored qualifications to make them stand out better, he favors chromatic oppositions and multiplies close-ups. The viewpoint is most usually non-existent, as a result running a sort of flattening of the subjects, further more amplifying the effects and coloured contrasts. John Batho swiftly noticed his identify linked with the enthusiasm for coloration in France and was awarded, many thanks to this series, the Kodak prize of photographic criticism in 1977.
The Mint Eco-friendly, Canary Yellow exhibition will take as its commencing place the “Photocolore” collection by John Batho, small revealed immediately after the 1980s with the exception of a couple emblematic photos. Picked from the extensive assortment of photographs deposited by the artist at the Médiathèque de l’architecture et du patrimoine in the fall of 2021, forty-one prints by John Batho have been brought with each other for the celebration. The latter getting frequently sought the most effective way to transpose color on to paper, the exhibition brings together period of time prints and more latest prints, made working with unique processes, hence letting the materiality of colour to be appreciated: Fresson charcoal prints , Cibachromes, electronic prints.
These historic images by John Batho are set into standpoint with those of four artists born in the 1980s and 1990s: Luke Stephenson (1983), Dorian Teti (1983), Piero Percoco (1987) and Laure Tiberghien (1992). Even if they belong to yet another era of colour photographers and even if none of them claims a immediate affiliation with the perform of their elder, they have each placed colour at the coronary heart of their follow. For various several years they have been renewing though updating specified art rules now at operate in “Photocolore”: the possible for attraction and seduction of shade, its connection to day to day daily life and the banal, the romantic relationship to portray and abstraction, its narrative dimension as a structuring element of a tale. For them, it is not just a concern of photographing in color but of photographing coloration. From mint inexperienced to canary yellow, from midnight blue to dove grey, the evocative electric power of shades is inscribed correct down to their identify, attesting if it had been even now required to show their frequently renewed potential to generate an picture.
Exhibition organized in partnership with the Media Library of Architecture and Heritage.
Vert menthe, jaune canari. La couleur en photographie
from June 25 to Oct 08, 2022
19 Rue Jean Savidan
22300 Lannion, France