11 August 2008
One of the reasons for me to switch from 135mm film to large format photography was the possibility to start working with glass plates. However, due to the fact that old glass plates are hard to find (and new ones messy to construct) I got stuck with orthochromatic 8x10"-film. But a year ago I discovered Bosse Blomqvist's work, which inspired me to at last start experimenting with exposing and developing 100 years old glass plates. It is a real pleasure to have the opportunity to invite him to the F blog.
Bosse Blomqvist uses glass plates, old ones from the beginning of the 20th Century as well as new homemade ones, 4x5" and 18x24 cm. I find his portraits interesting. Especially the combination of portraying modern people using old techniques is truly fascinating and very inspiring.
Please check out Bosse Blomqvist's Flickr-page. And don't miss Nils Bergqvist's reportage about Bosse and his work (in Swedish).
- Fredrik Skott
"A seductive atmosphere redolent of cinema dominates the digital photo series TV by Mathieu Bernard-Reymond (*1976). Isolated people who seem to be threatened by an unidentifiable danger move along the streets at night. Only upon closer inspection does one realize that the artist has replaced the illuminated windows with television screens. The colorful screens do not allow anyone to look either in or out and are limited to just a few channels. And the “wild” creatures outside the buildings—such as animals of prey on the prowl, half-naked women, riot police, two boxers in the middle of a fight—are merely artificial in nature, constructed out of flickering, blurred television images.
Mathieu Bernard-Reymond’s disturbing photographs symbolize as palpably as they do impressively how—in a reality that is only conveyed through media—all of life ultimately dissolves into a mass of indistinguishable pixels. Texts by Arnaud Claas, Helen Hirsch." (Press Release, Hatje Cantz Verlag)
Hatje Cantz Verlag
For more information about Mathieu Bernard-Reymond, check out his homepage.