Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Paolo Roversi Exhibit in London


Paolo Roversi is easily one of my favorite photographers and certainly my favorite fashion photographer.  His images, most notably his portraits, evoke classical paintings rather than images made with a camera.  He has created campaigns for the likes of Christian Dior and Valentino and all of his work is so intense that you almost feel like the pictures are alive.  It is clear that this photographer connects with his subjects on a deeply intimate level.

His method of photographing is minimalism at its best.  He works in his Paris studio with a simple backdrop and his only props seem to be old chairs and stools so that his models have a place to sit.  I love knowing that even in this highly stylized, digital world (that I also love and am inspired by for different reasons) there are masters out there creating art using the simple and unpretentious methods that worked for so long and that inspired so many.  Though the work seems effortless, Roversi is a perfectionist and this is evident in his apparent printing and re-printing in his darkroom until he is satisfied. 

For his first solo exhibition at The Wapping Project - Bankside in London, Roversi has focused on his much-loved studio and his muse Guinevere Van Seenus.  The selection of photographs includes material from his celebrated Nudi and Studio series.

The exhibit is open until March 31st and if you find yourself in Londontown, you should absolutely stop in to see it.  I'm jealous because I'd love to go and see these epic works for myself.

Images via The Wapping Project - Bankside
Plus see a great interview with Paolo Roversi about his work and this exhibit at Dazed Digital.

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