Akira Sato, one of fourteen fascinating artists we will be showcasing at @aipadphoto,New York this year. See more on our website. "Untitled, from Sunset, 1960s"
Period silver gelatin print.
38 x 28 cm
Daido Moriyama (b.1938, Osaka) is one of Japan’s leading figures in photography. Witness to the spectacular changes that transformed post WWII Japan, his black and white photographs express a fascination with the cultural contradictions of age-old traditions that persist within modern society. Providing a harsh, crude vision of city life and the chaos of everyday existence, strange worlds, and unusual characters, his work occupies a unique space between the objective and the subjective, the illusory and the real. #aipad2017#artfair#newyork#photography
Manuel Franquelo: Things in a Room
Manuel Franquelo (Malaga 1953) studied engineering and fine arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. He began his career by painting, for a period of ten years, a set of ten exquisite and enigmatic hyperrealist still-lifes. In the 1990s he became interested in projects that utilize practices taken from engineering and scientific imagery. His work is process oriented, multidisciplinary in nature and diametrically opposed to an art based on specific media. “The interpretation of the world through the insignificant and the everyday has always been a recurring theme in my practice." - Manuel Franquelo
A manuel franquelo detail from "Things in a room (Untitled #6), 2015" // Direct pigment print on gesso coated aluminium panel // 236.5 x 151.5 cm // Manuel Franquelo
The interpretation of the world through the insignificant and the everyday has always been a recurring theme in my practice.For three years, starting in October 2012, I created a photographic inventory of the things in the room where I habitually work: a bottle of 650 mg Ibuprofen that I had bought the winter before, the 3.75 metre-long curtain dividing the space in two, marbles, eyelashes, remains of insects, the grey door on which there are usually some papers held up with magnets, fragments of pills, and an endless assemblage of other things. - Manuel Franquelo
Eikoh Hosoe is one of Japan's notable post-war photographers and filmmakers. In 1957, he participated in the exhibit “The Eyes of Ten,” organized by photography critic Tatsuo Fukushima. This exhibit led Hosoe to meet photographers Kikuji Kawada, Akira Sato, Akira Tanno, Shomei Tomatsu and Ikko Narahara, and together they formed the independent photo agency VIVO. This agency positioned itself against the then-popular Realism Photography Movement, and instead developed more “personal” or “subjective” modes of photographic expression.
Enquire today or visit our website for more information on these important Japanese photographers.
This week is your last chance to see our Enrique Metinides exhibition featuring some of his all time classics. Documentary photography at its very best. “I wanted to know what death was like”, said Antonio N, a 45 year old, after two rescue workers persuaded him not to jump from the top of the Torero Stadium. The man had no work and a lot of worries.” - Enrique Metinides
'Le gant, 2007' // Sarah Moon // 74 x 57 cm // Colour Pigment Print
Sarah Moon (b. 1941) was born in England and began her career as a fashion model in the 1960s. Since 1968, she has worked as a fashion photographer and film maker. Her photographic work has been published in Vogue, Elle, Harper's Bazaar, Marie-Claire, Graphis, Life and numerous other magazines.
Manuel Franquelo (Malaga 1953) studied engineering and fine arts at the Complutense University of Madrid. He began his career by painting, for a period of ten years, a set of ten exquisite and enigmatic hyperrealist still-lifes. In the 1990s he became interested in projects that utilize practices taken from engineering and scientific imagery. His work is process oriented, multidisciplinary in nature and diametrically opposed to an art based on specific media.
Come and examine these remarkle works up close. On display at Michael Hoppen Gallery, London, until 12th April.
Things in a room: An ethnography of the insignificant
OPENS TODAY [9th March - 12th April]
Manuel Franquelo: "It is very important to me that in each of the photographs in this inventory every object in the image, from the most extraordinary to the most insignificant, be represented without hierarchy. It is vital that the entire image can be scanned with our eyes as we do when we look at something carefully, as if the reality were there before us, displayed inside museum vitrines." #exhibition#artist#photography#science#artiststudio
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Brilliant #photobook brought back from New York by Michael... Courtesy of Patrick Frey Editions.
Maximilian Stejskal (1906-1991), an ethnologist and gymnastics teacher from Helsinki, carried out a study for his PhD thesis on “folk athletic” contests amongst Finland’s Swedish-speaking male rural population in the early 20th century.
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Another beautiful Karl Blossfeldt 1st edition photogravure mounted and ready to be dispatched. See more rare and limited edition prints on our website.
'MANUEL FRANQUELO: An ethnography of the insignificant'
Exhibition opens this week
The Michael Hoppen Gallery is pleased to announce the Spanish artist Manuel Franquelo’s first solo show in the United Kingdom.
The show will consist of six large-scale photographic pieces from his work in progress Things in a Room: An Ethnography of the Insignificant.
The pieces from this series, produced through techniques borrowed from scientific photography and endowed with an uncanny hyperreal presence, are an inquiry into the things that have accumulated, over the years, in the nooks and crannies of a space inhabited by the artist.
The Michael Hoppen Gallery is pleased to announce the Spanish artist Manuel Franquelo’s first solo show in the United Kingdom. The catalogue for this exhibition is now available to buy via our website. See link above.
THINGS IN A ROOM: AN ETHNOGRAPHY OF THE INSIGNIFICANT
SOFT BACK, 40 PAGES
DIMENSIONS: 21 X 20 X 0.5 CM
LIMITED TO 250 COPIES
Yves Klein pratiquant une prise de Judo, c. 1954 // Yves Klein
Judo was Yves Klein’s biggest passion and source of inspiration. It is through this discipline that he developed the idea of the “spiritual” space. In the summer of 1946, while registering at the judo club in Nice, Yves Klein met Claude Pascal and Armand Fernandez. United by their enthusiasm for physical exercise, all three yearned for the “adventure” of travel, creation and spirituality. While on the beach in Nice, the three friends chose to “divide up the world” between them: Armand got the land and its riches, Claude Pascal got the air, and Yves got the sky and its infiniteness. That day Klein created his first work of art:
In 1946, while still an adolescent, I was to sign my name on the other side of the sky during a fantastic “realistico-imaginary” journey. That day, as I lay stretched upon the beach of Nice, I began to feel hatred for birds which flew back and forth across my blue sky, cloudless sky, because they tried to bore holes in my greatest and most beautiful work.” - Yves Klein
Gathered by the River - 7pm // 50 x 60 cm // Siân Davey
Michael Hoppen Gallery is delighted to announce representation for British photographer Siân Davey.
Davey, who is also a psychotherapist, describes her approach to the project: ‘Firstly, as a mother I’m interested in the relational aspects of adolescence. I’m also fascinated with this developmental stage when a child starts to individuate and separate from their parents. There is this particular point in time when you have a child and adult in the same body, which is why it’s such a complex and potentially confusing time. During this period of transition, there is a very short and specific ‘window’ when a person can behave in a way, which is free of the weight of societal expectations and norms. Before too long the window closes and we can forget how it felt to be ‘untethered’.’ #photography#britishartist#teenageyears
The work by Sigmar Pole exhibited by the Michael Hoppen gallery at Armory this year is from Polke’s Paris Suite of 1971, a series of 41 photographs taken over a weekend, chronicling his love affair both with the city and with an unnamed woman. Six months later, during one marathon session whilst tripping on LSD, Polke printed all the negatives in a friend’s darkroom in Geneva. Disregarding most conventions within the medium, he treated the darkroom like an alchemic laboratory, exploring the infinite possibilities of printing. He enjoyed experimenting with over- and under-exposure, negative and positive printing, as well as layering and collaging negatives together. His bold, playful creativity did not stop there: a handful of photographs in the group were further hand coloured in bold colours both linear and scatological. Although in keeping with the Pop Art of the period they could almost be quirky Dada experiments from the 1920s. The pictures are alive with his excitement – they are mercurial, funny and irrational.
Untitled, from the series Paris, 1971
24.2 x 29.7 cm
Unique vintage silver gelatin print
Untitled from ‘Private Scenes’, 1992 // Masahisa Fukase Archive // Vintage hand coloured silver gelatin print
Fukase is renowned for his obsessive, intense and deeply introspective photographs with which he attempted to describe his passionate and sometimes violent life. The different bodies of work he produced are extraordinary for how disparate they are visually. A truly conceptual artist he altered the language of his work to suit the different narratives he created. Perhaps the most widely recognised of his projects is The Solitude of Ravens, which he created over a period of ten years following the breakdown of his second marriage. Stark and monochrome, the ravens become a symbol of lost love and unendurable heartbreak, and are deeply autobiographical, with Fukase himself as the real subtext.
Flick through some of our most popular photo books. All available to buy via the link in our profile.
Evidence catalogue - Designed to mimic a detectives case file, this limited edition hand bound catalogue explores the mesmerising world of evidential photography. each comes with their own unique photograph attached to the front.
Hibi - literally comprises a series of beautiful street photographs by renowned Japanese photographer Masahisa Fukase. Finished with paint strokes by the artist.
Desiree Dolron - While she chooses to adopt different photographic approaches depending on the body of work, her astonishingly technical application always results in a timeless, and almost painterly quality. This book is a collectors item and is still in its original protective jacket.
Born in Salford, Neil Libbert studied at the Regional College of Art in Manchester before starting to work as a photographer and opening his own studio in the city in 1957. He joined the staff of the Manchester Guardian, and moved to the paper's London office in 1961. He stayed with the Guardian until 1965 before working under contract to The Sunday Times, the New York Times, Granada TV and the Illustrated London News until 1968 when he again became a freelance photographer. Libbert still regularly covers performing arts photography for the Observer.
Xochimilco Lake, Mexico City, 1960 // Silver gelatin print // 40 x 50 cm
Someone dumped the body of a murdered man in the Xochimilco lake. The lifeguard,attached to a rope for his own safety, and swam out to the body. On the opposite bank, you can see all the onlookers reflected in the water. I call this detective photography with art!” - Enrique Metinides
Manuel Franquelo // 'Things in a room (Untitled #1), 2013 - 2014' // (detail) 194 x 194 cm
My intention is that the photographs of this series be timeless rather than decisive moments in time. They are life-size digital images that embody legitimate pretentions to truth, highlighting the complexity and full scale of what is represented. Things in a Room is an account of the objects that my own existence accumulated over a period of about 30 years.” - Manuel Franquelo
An exhibition of these works opens at Michael Hoppen Gallery from 7th March - 12th April. See the full works on our website.