Photographes

Entering Marcela Paniak's visual universe is something of an extraordinary journey. This young Polish photographer skillfully uses “intermediality” and plays with photography as an artifact or a materialized souvenir. Memory and its process are at the center of her work, suitable for introspection. What is drawn out of it is a moving innocence, an overwhelming and almost unreal feeling of nostalgia.

Irish photographer Jason Higgins readjusts our concept of landscape photography in his series "Black Lung". Higgins takes us on a tour, of sorts, to the mining town of Castlecomer. But this isn't a documentary in the classic sense - head shots and scenes of the town wouldn't fit in here. Rather, Higgins underlines the lasting marks of mining by tailor fitting our vantage point in his images of the mined land and the miners themselves.

If you're a fan of the vernacular landscape viewpoints of Garry Winogrand or Lee Friedlander, you'll no doubt experience a similar attraction to the work of Tom Wik. Focusing on his own American, and especially Minnesotan, neighborhoods, Wik picks up on the architecturally and visually quircky scenes that surround him. Inspired by well-known photographers, his work as a building contractor, and his collaboration with other artists, Wik shares with us his very down-to-earth approach to photography.

For his exhibition Human Form at Galerie Duboys in the Marais in Paris, you will find the physical, psychological and alternative visions of American artist Michael McCarthy.  We join him in this gallery for an interview/guided visit of his photographic work which he continues to develop (and which is enriched) by his travels.

To read the interview in french, click here/Cliquez ici pour lire l’interview en français.

Portrait by Ons Abid

In conversation that weaves back and forth between politics, religion, art, and history, Joel Peter Witkin elucidates some of the fascinating paradoxes surrounding his photography. Resolving images, art as incarnation,wisdom gained from odd jobs, the New York art scene, opinions on abortion - this wide range of subjects all merge together as Witkin sat down with us after a lecture at the Bibliothèque nationale de France (Bnf) in Paris.

It has always seemed necessary to us to interview lesser known, yet passionate, photographers who feel certain obligations in their lives. Sometimes it is difficult to choose which photographer to speak with, since they so numerous today (maybe even more and more numerous?). In the case of Frédéric Dargelas, it was an accidental meeting, during a trip, but also the quality of his work that led to these questions, and led beyond that to a collaboration where he offers photography workshops with us in Finland.

Paula Chamlee is a prime example of artistic development that can emerge throughout one's life. Born in Texas, far from the world of visual arts, today she travels the world with her husband and multiplies her activities in artistic photography, publishing, and teaching. It's with a high standard for quality and thorough knowledge of photography that the view camera has become her medium for producing the images we discover below.

Photography as performance and portraiture, wandering in Paris and working in a studio. Ian Paterson's photography embodies these themes, but his story as an ex-pat inspired by Paris also weaves in other mediums, notably drawing and painting. Gearing up for a return to the darkroom, Paterson describes his artistic processes and phases, as well as his new book "Searching for Godot."

Recently honored with the Gold Winner of Asia Photo Award, Gavin Au is one of China's upincoming names in photography. Based out of Hong Kong, Au offers an interesting perspective on being a young, asian photographer.

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