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Wave – Photographic series

January 13, 2013 / by / 0 Comment

This exhibition presents works by Rodrigo Albert, Valérie Belin, Ossian Claudel, Philippe Gubler, Paola Junqueira & Fernanda Vargas, Iseut Labote, William Lins, Gabriela Maciel, Mila Mayer, Maria-Carmen Perlingeiro, MR, Catherine and Eric Rebois Rousselle. Open at Gallery Espace_L until February 8, 2013. Monday – Friday from 11 to 17h, or by appointment. Address : Route des Jeunes 43, Allée G CH – 1227 Genève / Acacias Since it was invented in the nineteenth century, photography has constantly revealed its multiple features. This exhibition focuses mainly in one of its characteristics: “duplicability”. Like engraving, photography is reproducible, multipliable, and spreads out. In accordance with the democratic aspirations of a society, photography is increasingly used in a wide variety of medium. Currently, we are surrounded by photographic images. Like a wave in continuous motion that reaches its top, falls and restarts its flow, photography builds and rebuilds its own pace, according to its course, especially so called Art. As the French photographer Gisèle Freund points out in her book Photographie et societé: “photography produces its own laws and is not dependent on opinions of art critics; its laws are the only valid criteria of its value in the future”. Aware of this, as well […]

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Picasso at Work, Through the Lens of David Douglas Duncan

October 29, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

In the 20th century, a strong relationship existed between painters and photographers. Photographers would often take portraits of painters, and would even observe and photograph, painters at work. This was a symbiotic relationship whereby photographers added to their portfolio of work, while painters gained publicity through the photographs taken of them. This relationship also created an illusion of intimacy between the painter, his creation, and the viewer – an intimacy that had not previously existed. Picasso at Work, through the lens of David Douglas Duncan, at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Geneva, features 150 of Picasso’s works (paintings, sculptures, drawings, ceramic pieces and engravings), displayed alongside the photographs of David Douglas Duncan. Duncan selected over 100 photographs from the thousands that he personally took, between 1956 and 1973, of Picasso and his milieu. The photos reveal Duncan’s remarkable acuity, as well as his complicity to work with his model. The variety of photos that Picasso and Duncan composed together shows the novelty of this type of partnership, at the time. In 1956, Duncan, an American photographer, assumed the task of documenting the life and work of Pablo Picasso. His wife, Jacqueline Roque-Picasso, was involved in the project, which took […]

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Faces of Geneva: Photography Project

October 22, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

If you had to pick your favourite spot in Geneva, and describe the city in one word, what would you say? That’s the question that photographer Josh Fassbind has been asking Geneva residents since 2010. My response would be the lakeside, and my one word would be lifestyle! After meeting 150 of the 193 nationalities represented at the UN, Mr. Fassbind has now put together a photo exhibition of his subjects in their favourite spots around town. Faces of Geneva aims to discover a shared living space, and points out our city’s multicultural character. “This project started from the desire to compare experiences in the shared living space of Geneva,” notes the artist. These images immortalise each participant in his or her favourite Geneva location, and each image is tagged with the subject’s first name, country of origin and their chosen key word. The project began in October 2010 with a Finn who chose to be photographed running on the banks of the Rhône, at La Jonction. The project continued over the months, with Fassbind often taking up to five photos per day! Some of the favourite places are the Place des Nations, Pâquis baths and the lakeshore. The project also […]

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Geneva Gets a Meme?

October 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

Be careful of the unexpected when taking photos! Occasionally, unwanted people or animals can pop-up in the background! This internet craze, when something unexpected appears in your photo, is known as a meme. Last week, a photo of a Stingray in Grand Cayman, pictured behind innocent, scared bystanders, went viral and received thousands of hits! (Huffingtonpost.com). This meme looked like it received a little help from a prankster, but it was a great photo and it received worldwide coverage. Did you know that Geneva may be developing a photographic meme of its own, too?! It may not be quite as scary as a stingray, or as cute and cuddly as a koala bear, but it’s shaping-up to be a big hit! Larry the Lad is a swan, and he is known for his lad-ish tendencies around the lake! Not only does he have a penchant for hogging the limelight in photos, he also enjoys chasing the female swans, as well as sneaking a cheeky swig of beer from unattended cups! Consider yourself warned! Without further ado…Biskotti would like to introduce you to Geneva’s very own meme! If you are lucky enough to snap a photo with Larry, then be sure to send it to us […]

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Howard Greenberg and Tod Browning Photography Exhibitions

October 08, 2012 / by / 0 Comment

The Musée de l’Elysée in Lausanne currently has two great photography exhibitions! Howard Greenberg Collection: Howard Greenberg has been a gallery owner for thirty years, and he is considered one of the pillars of the New York photography scene. While his role as a dealer is well-established, less is known about his own passion for collecting…until now! Over the past 30 years, Greenberg has been slowly building his collection of over 500 photographs. He is known for selecting prints of the highest quality, and the 120 selected works in this exhibition, do not disappoint! This is the first time that these works have ever been exhibited, and it gives the viewer insight into the varied interests of Mr. Greenberg. There are pieces from the Czech Photography School, pieces that show the modern-aesthetics approach of the 20s and 30s (with works by Edward Steichen, Edward Weston), and pieces that focus on more Contemporary photographers, such as Minor White, Harry Callahan and Robert Frank. Humanist photography is also well-represented in his photography, and the collection includes photographers like Lewis Hine and David Seymour, amongst others. An important section of prints are dedicated to the Great Depression era of the 30s, with photographers such […]

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