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Photoseptember: Five Masters

By Margaret Failoni

Thanks to the camera obscura, a technique used first by Michelangelo and Caravaggio, photography has developed to become one of the mainstream mediums in contemporary art as well as its provocative, creative, and artistic use in commercial art, making the line that separates the two less definable. Special cameras have been developed and specific and ever more sensitive papers, light boxes, and glass printing make it ever more present and exciting in the art world.

Cocktail Opening
Sat, Sep 5, 5-8pm
Galería Intersección
Fábrica La Aurora

The five photographers—an American, a Frenchman, and three Mexicans—selected for this exhibition differ completely from one another, with different backgrounds and sensibilities. But all have in common the precision, originality, and uniqueness in their work and the fact that they have chosen Mexico.

José Del Río, born in Mexico City, comes from a cinematographic background, having studied and worked in cinema both as a cinematographer and director for commercials before moving on to commercial still photography, and last but not least, fine art photography. It is perhaps his curiosity that leads him to extensive travels in the discovery of different cultures, enriching his ever-widening point of view.

Daniela Edburg is an award-winning artist who has gained recognition both in Mexico and the United States and most recently in Europe. Being part Mexican and part American, hers is a brilliant conceptual representation of the incongruities of the world we live in. She creates tableaus, knitting and crocheting part of the sets, often digitally manipulating the images to present the viewer with brilliant, critical yet humorous works, often accompanied by knitted accessories. Her work can now be found in several important museum collections.

Tatiana Lans does not allow the new technologies in photography to persuade her. She continues to create romantic, haunting, exquisite, intimate images of her very personal world. She has been successful with classic forms of photography as her predilection, belying the heady mixture of a sophisticated Mexican/European background with the explicit choice of bucolic country living.

Philippe Perrin uses space, darkness, and light to weave mysterious and sometimes unsettling images onto the picture plane. The Mexican world he has chosen to live in couldn’t be farther away from his native Dijon, and yet a certain French sophistication permeates his work. That very Mexican sense of “belonging” is never in his work. Instead there is a sense of loneliness—or perhaps aloneness would be a better word— rendering the work evermore mysterious and fascinating.

Spencer Tunick needs no introduction; his unique rendering of en-masse nudes in different world locations, including Mexico City’s Zocalo, makes his work immediately recognizable. Coming to Mexico for the past five years has made this a favorite location for this sophisticated New Yorker. Most recently, the artist has created a series of works in San Miguel locations and will be preparing for a major exhibition in Bellas Artes.


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