Bold, modernist spaces in and around European cities dominate the site of French photographer Romain Laprade. He seeks out the intimate places often forgotten or deemed unimportant – foyers and entry halls – transition spaces that are too often seen as a luxury. It is these spaces that in reality allow a building to breathe, provide a place for occupants to pause, a space to contemplate or to stop and chat before passing through.
Romain started working as a graphic designer, working at French Vogue for 4 years. Now 28, his obsession is photography. The places he has found and photographed – the ones I like the most – are the foyers of modernist buildings from the ‘60s and ‘70s, most often in Paris. These wonderful interiors are rich in colour and texture – black granite cladding inlaid with bronze, or rows of mosaic tiles in bold hues of orange or red; bold concrete forms standing like voluptuous, oversized chess pieces, and floors of verde green marble. All surfaces have been considered – fine, dark bricks laid obliquely adjoin a ceiling of glossy black and red tiles; a vertical screen of rich brown wood opposes perfectly proportioned piers of tiny, matt black mosaic.
Images 1, 2 , 3, Paris 15; image 4 and feature image, Av. Paul Doumer, 1960, Paris.
Image 5, Carrer de Brusi, Barcelona; image 6, Le persicope, 1972, Paris; images 7, 8, Le Meridien, 1964, Paris.
Image 9, Crimée, 1968, Paris; image 10, Créteil; image 11, Beaugrenelle.
See more Romain Laprade imagery, including beautiful fashion photographs for John Galliano and Tomasini Paris, here.
All images, courtesy Romain Laprade.
An exhibition of Saul Leiter’s wonderful imagery, capturing everyday moments on the streets of mid-century New York, is now showing in London. I previously wrote about his charismatic photographs here, as well as his colourful paintings, here.
Saul Leiter: Retrospective, The Photographers’ Gallery, 16-18 Ramillies St, London W1F 7LW, until 3 April 2016.
Image: Snow 1960, Saul Leiter, courtesy of HackelBury Fine Art/ Howard Greenberg Gallery
I discovered Louis Reith through Instagram, his images all bold graphics and modernist undertones. Dutch born, Reith has a background in graphic design which is clearly evident in his work, along with his fascination with book design and printed matter.
Crossing media from ink drawing to collage to three-dimensional installations, all works are nevertheless strongly connected, with monochromatic palettes and bold forms. I love the modernist quality, the images and typography from an earlier era abstracted in a new, contemporary way. I can imagine them in a very modern context – big spaces and white walls, or set against a more traditional interior of wood panelling and intimate spaces.
Untitled, collage of found book pages, 20-5x28cm
Untitled 2015 soil on wooden panel, 122x183cm
Untitled 2015 soil on wooden panel, 66x122cm
Installation view, Archiv, at Nina Sagt Gallerie, Dusseldorf
Installation view, Soil on wood, 2014, 128x189cm
More Louis Reith, here.
Feature image: Untitled, collage of found book pages, 20-5x28cm.
All images courtesy of the artist.
These striking images are part of a series called Urban Geometry, an architectural study of several European cities (this one, Alicante) using the geometric forms of local buildings and urban landscapes to inform the work.
Spanish photographer Andrés Gallardo Albajar is self-taught. His images are undoubtedly architectural in form, perhaps influenced by his architect parents. Linear form, curves and angles are highlighted against a background of surreal and vibrant colour.
Urban Geometry, Andrés Gallardo Albajar. More, Behance
Koluma 01, architecture Peter Zumthor, 2007. Photograph, Hélène Binet, ammann // gallery
Tightly cropped and thick with atmosphere, Hélène Binet’s photographs capture the play of light on the structures of some of contemporary architecture’s leading figures, including Zaha Hadid, Daniel Libeskind and Peter Zumthor. Binet is this year’s recipient of the Julius Shulman Institute Excellence in Photography Award.
Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light, February 28 — March 29, 2015. Woodbury University Hollywood Gallery, 6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028
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A XI 2011
Crossing the boundary between photography, art and sculpture, German artist Christine Erhard’s work is familiar and ambiguous at the same time. The architectural subject matter and modernist aesthetic seem familiar, until the unusual viewpoint and use of materials cause the imagery to appear distorted and other worldly.
Initially studying sculpture, Christine Erhard became increasingly interested in the images of the object, rather than the objects themselves, until photography and its ability to manipulate became her primary focus. She explores various movements within Modernism, with the avant-garde architecture of the Russian Constructivists a theme she returns to over and again.
Christine cites artists of the 1920s such as Laszlo Moholy-Nagy as her inspiration; artists who work in various disciplines – painting, poetry, graphic design, photography. Like Moholy-Nagy, there is a strong graphic quality to her work. For me, these works are both familiar and enigmatic, and very appealing.
MI II 2012
More of Christine Erhard’s work, here. All images courtesy of the artist.