06-06-2017 - 01-07-2017
Adrian Bondy Puerto Príncipe
Puerto Príncipe est le nom que portait autrefois la ville de Camagüey, troisième plus grande ville de Cuba dont le centre historique est reconnu patrimoine mondial par l'UNESCO. Il est par ailleurs le nom d'une banlieue relativement aisée de la ville.
Pendant un séjour de six semaines, début 2017, dont un mois dans cette banlieue, Adrian Bondy a sillonné et photographié la ville et ses habitants. Cette exposition est le fruit de ses explorations,rencontres et découvertes.
04-04-2017 - 29-04-2017
Claude Pavy Japon 70
I discovered Japan in 1972, during a tour as musician. One month without too much moving around and with days off, which allowed me to take full advantage of my time there.
It was a revelation concerning the art and richness of this very distinctive civilisation. To such an extent that, once back in Paris, I threw myself into everything I could find about Japan.
Some time afterwards, I met a Japanese woman in Paris, began to learn Japanese, and in 1976 and 1977 took holidays in Japan to meet my future in-laws. This enabled me to discover the real Japan from the inside, beyond the superficial clichés, far more interesting and warm.
These images are an echo of those special moments.
06-12-2016 - 24-12-2016
Group exhibition Paysages / Landscapes
REGIS BODINIER, ANTON BULYONOV, JOHN CLARIDGE, MICHEL DAMBRINE, TAKEHIKO NAKAFUJI, TAMIKO NISHIMURA, CLAUDE PAVY, COLETTE POURROY, RAY RENOLDS, BENOIT SABOURDY, CHIEKO SHIRAISHI.
Eleven of our gallery artists present their visions and interpretations of the landscape: rural landscapes, seascapes, cityscapes, imaginary landscapes. By day or by night, in all seasons, in various countries: Japan, Russia, France, China, United States, England, Wales. Images to reflect upon peacefully in these unpredictable times, to say the least.
08-11-2016 - 26-11-2016
Chieko Shiraishi Shimakage
Usagi-jima (Rabbit Island), Saru-shima (Monkey Island), Iruka-jima (Dolphin Island)... there are a number of islands with animal names here in Japan. Whenever I encounter another one, I feel the urge to travel.
One of my earliest memories is a hazy one of having visited Penguin Island. Every now and then, during one of these expeditions to an island, I try to recall the scenery of that early trip; but they would only be conjured in the vaguest way, like the landscape of some fantastical picture.
From aboard the ship, the silhouette of the island is foggy, and flickers in and out of sight among the waves. Appearing far in the distance and then seemingly nearer, it remains somehow beyond reach. Penguin Island, emitting faint signals in my memory, is a Phantom Island. It is there yet, wavering, drifting, in the far reaches of obscured memory.
20-09-2016 - 08-10-2016
Régis Bodinier Traces
Traces is an ongoing photographic project focusing mainly on the urban environment and, more particularly, on the traces left by the passage of time and the consequent transformations in Chinese culture, heritage and society…. A look at this world gleaned from walks, encounters, and simply from reflections on what this country tells us about the changes in our time.
This long-term photographic work evokes the final moments of neighbourhoods prior to their destruction or transformation, the changes in lifestyle, the place of the old and new generations in emptying villages… It poses the question of the future of a society in the face of galloping development.
06-09-2016 - 17-09-2016
John Claridge East End
John Claridge began documenting the East End at the tender age of fifteen, with a remarkably sure eye. A book of these photographs came out recently. On this occasion, we are presenting an exhibition of thirty images from the book: the port of London cloaked in mist, its warehouses, cranes and bridges, small local shops, nearly bare butchers’ shops, neighbours, friends, some of dubious integrity, appealing urchins, dockworkers, beggars. John Claridge will be present at the gallery to sign his book. Not only is he an outstanding photographer, he is also a master printer, exploiting to perfection the grain inherent in film. His digital prints resemble timeless engravings. East End is his third exhibition at Mind’s Eye, following Out of Shadows in 2014 and The Hardest Game in 2015.
11-05-2016 - 25-06-2016
Benoit Sabourdy Fragmentations Singulières
Benoit Sabourdy's images have strong links with chance and are without doubt the closest to the spirit of Mind's Eye of all the photographs that we have had the pleasure to exhibit in the gallery so far. They often involve a strange sort of geometry, a geometry describing spaces of indeterminate dimension and form, to which one must inevitably adjoin the element of time. David Hockney's photo-collages also encapsulate both space and time, although in a totally different manner.
This artistic approach falls naturally within the realm of the history of photography. Already in the middle of the nineteenth century, pioneers such as William Henry Fox Talbot and Julia Margaret Cameron claimed chance as an essential element in their work. Fox Talbot was aware that a photographic scene might well include entities not foreseen by the photographer and which occasionally enriched the resulting picture. As for Cameron, she deliberately took less care than necessary in preparing her photographic plates and voluntarily blurred the main subjects of her photographs in order to afford chance a nontrivial input in the end result. She sought in this way to distinguish herself from the commercial photographers of the day, for whom perfect sharpness was the ideal.
At the visual level, Benoit Sabourdy's photographs have clear precursors in the New Vision movement of the twenties and early thirties. One might mention Moï Ver and Alexander Rodchenko and also, for certain images, Heinz Hajek-Halke, Jean Dréville, Maurice Tabard, André Kertész... This said, Benoit Sabourdy's modus operandi is quite distinct and original because he frequently employs the technique of multi-exposure rather than superposition, thereby obtaining images less constructivist than surrealist, images leaving a large place to the spectator's imagination.
09-03-2016 - 23-04-2016
Michel Dambrine Ephémères
The images that Michel Dambrine offers us are akin to strange, imaginary landscapes over which floats the shadow of man. Although everything in this world is necessarily ephemeral, it is a matter here of objects and scenes whose existence is visibly precarious, temporary.
In the vernacular of photography, the poster is often a bearer of signs, interacting with its immediate environment. Dambrine's torn poster is an entity in itself, like Brassai's graffiti or Aaron Siskind's cracked paint. His posters resemble collages, or rather décollages, creations of the elements and of time, in which fragments of faces are marooned, helpless. A storm, a gust of wind, an absent or wilful hand, might well upset the fragile equilibrium of these discoveries. Yet more ephemeral are the plays of sunlight, clearly transitory. The parking photographs, with their intense, blinding shafts of light, are chilling geometric landscapes worthy of Dante ...Abandon all hope, you who enter here...
The undulating landscapes of fabrics, illuminated by ribbons of light which resemble streaks of lightning, are equally dramatic, but these images are inviting rather than menacing due to their downy setting.
The works presented are drawn from three series of photographs, Lacérés (1980-1984), Chambres (begun in 1984), and Parkings (1988).
11-11-2015 - 19-12-2015
Tamiko Nishimura Shikishima
The title of this exhibition, Shikishima, echoes that of the artist’s first collection of photographs, published in 1973 and reissued with asupplement in 2013. The exhibition brings together a selection of images from that book and also from the 2012 book Eternal Chase which featuresfurther photographs from the same period. The word Shikishima is used in waka poetry to designate Yamato, or Japan. There emanates from these photographs, occasionally out of focus or hastily composed, a sense of spontaneity and youthful liberty.
23-09-2015 - 31-10-2015
John Claridge The Hardest Game
My dad was a bare-knuckle fighter in the 30’s, among many other things, in the dock area of the East End of London. He also fought in New York in the 30’s. When I was a kid I wanted to take some pictures of him and told him I'd make him look good. He told me to take a hard picture of him, adding “Don’t look at the lines, look deeper. A lot of living and a bit of suffering went into how I look. Don’t forget that.” I’ve tried not to in the following pictures.
06-05-2015 - 27-06-2015
Colette Pourroy Espaces intérieurs
One of the principal attributes of Colette Pourroy's images lies in their delicate and subtle interplay between light and shade. The photographs evoke, in an implicit and intimate manner, the artist's close family, including herself. They are redolent with mystery, with secrets, and consequently possess a universal character where each and every one can plunge into his or her own personal story. The exhibition comprises nearly thirty silver prints in square format.
07-01-2015 - 28-02-2015
Anton Bulyonov Chimeras
Grotesquely twisted trees, askew silhouettes of animals lurking in shadows, birds frozen in the air, a man walking close by, silent - there is always life on the periphery of the eye, just take a closer look. One has only to turn and these looms vanish, but, a few moments later, appear in a new place and in a new form. Imagination plays a strange game, showing different chimeras each time. Scary and beautiful, they attract the attention but avoid the eye. The bizarre beauty of these mirages is elusive and the only way to fix them is to press the camera button.
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The exhibition comprises two themes.
Goze is the name given to blind women who, in order to survive, were obliged, during their whole life, summer and winter, to wend their way from village to village, guided by a sighted woman. At each stop, they played the shamisen, a three-stringed Japanese instrument akin to the banjo, sang traditional airs, or performed musical dramas. This tradition, which had existed for over four hundred years, drew to a close in the nineteen seventies. Over a period of one year, in 1972-73, Shōkō Hashimoto went on the road with a trio of members of the Nagaoka group of goze, to share and record their nomadic way of life.
Also in the seventies, Shōkō Hashimoto documented the communal life of Nishiyama Onsen, a hot spring frequented by the older generation, both men and women, who bathed in the nude, sang, took their meals, and partied together for a week or a month.
Accompanying the photographs is a short video, produced by François Tisseyre of Atelier EcoutezVoir, of Shōkō Hashimoto singing some traditional goze songs.
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24-09-2014 - 08-11-2014
Adrian Bondy Escales Mathématiques / Mathematical Stopovers
In my life as a mathematician, I travelled frequently for talks, conferences, and research collaborations. These stays, long or short, offered me the opportunity to record with my Leica my impressions of other ways of life: in China, Barbados, Sicily, Brazil, ... Having already presented the work of a number of photographers whose images I appreciate, I decided to take the plunge and show a selection of the photographs culled during my mathematical travels.
07-05-2014 - 05-07-2014
John Claridge Out of Shadows / Sorti des Ombres
Two aspects of the photographers work are shown.
One Hundred Photographs
A selection of images drawn from the photographer's 1988 book One Hundred Photographs. The photographs were taken on his travels around the world, and show diverse locations and subjects: jazz musicians, American Indians, slate mines, prisons, still lifes, ...
The earliest of these photographs, which represent the period 1959-1986, were taken when John Claridge was only 15 years old, while growing up in London’s East End. Some were exhibited at the photographer's first one-man show, when 17, at the McCann-Erickson Gallery in London. As with Belleville-Menilmontant, the subsequent development of the East End of London has inevitably imbued these images with nostalgia.
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19-02-2014 - 26-04-2014
Exposition collective Au Confluent d'un Rêve et d'une Réalité
The title of this exhibition is inspired by Georges Perec’s notion of the portrait as expressed in his novel La vie mode d'emploi. The goal of the exhibition is to present the photographic portrait in all its diversity: studio and street portraits, posed and candid portraits, solo and group portraits, portraits de the famous and the unknown, early and contemporary portraits, signed and anonymous portraits.
In order to complement and complete the quite varied images of six contemporary photographers (Jérôme Barbosa, Adrian Bondy, Philippe Gabel, Claude Pavy, Ray Renolds, Marianne Touchard-Heyman), a few early photographs will be displayed: a fine portrait of Gide by Albin-Guillot, a large and impressive outdoor portrait of a Scottish family, an autographed portrait of the futurist Marinetti, a studio portrait of a young American Indian in ceremonial garb, a surrealistic image from the thirties by the Belgian photographer Lauwaert, an official portrait by Karsh of John Buchan while Governer General of Canada, and a strange and disturbing image by Meatyard.
20-11-2013 - 21-12-2013
08-01-2014 - 18-01-2014
Takehiko Nakafuji Enter the Mirror
Takehiko Nakafuji has produced several monochrome photography books from travels in Japan, Eastern Europe, Russia and Cuba. This exhibition is drawn from two of these books, Enter the Mirror, published in 1997, and the very recent Sakuan, Matapaan: Hokkaido, for which he was awarded the Special Photographer Award at the Higashikawa International Photography Festival in August 2013.
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09-10-2013 - 16-11-2013
Jérôme Barbosa Ni Vu Ni Connu
Jérôme Barbosa is a young photographer living in Paris. In order to nourish his photographic projects, he has travelled widely,in Eastern Europe, Armenia, Greece, Portugal, ... Nadrupe, his grandparents' village in Portugal, was the object of a long-term project, spread over eight years. This work was shown in September 2013 at the BarrObjectif (Charente) photo festival. In Paris, he has shown an interest in the life of illegal immigrants, and has also made a series of portraits of artists working at the Atelier de Non-Faire (a studio attached to a psychiatric hospital near Paris). Very recently, he began a very promising project making portraits of people living along the diagonale du vide (an underpopulated strip of France running from the North-East to the South-West).
For several years now, Jérôme Barbosa has also practised drawing. He is self-taught. We present the fruits of these two activities. The photographs, gleaned in a number of European countries, belong mainly to the humanist movement. The drawings, by contrast, exhibit a very personal view of life, marked by a delicate touch and black humour.
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15-05-2013 - 29-06-2013
Jean Dréville L'Energie Ciné Photo Graphique — du Pictorialisme à la Nouvelle Vision
The film maker Jean Dréville experienced in his youth, between the ages of twenty and twenty-five, an intense period of creativity as photographer, graphic artist, founder and publisher of magazines on photography and the cinema (to which he contributed many reviews, photographs, and graphics) and also as cameraman and documentary film director.
This exhibition, presented in collaboration with his daughter, the actress Valérie Dréville, and the photographer Thierry Baïze, includes vintage prints and also a number of modern prints made from glass plates.
We exhibit original photogrammes made from his documentary When the Ears of Corn Bend Over, and also photogrammes - the only ones that remain - of a documentary on the production of creosote (a film commanded by Joris Ivens), a reportage at Gymnase Pons in Paris for the revue Jazz, photos from the film-set of Jean Epstein's The Fall of the House of Usher with Marguerite Gance, photos of Old Paris (the first photographic works by Jean Dréville), and several experimental images (superpositions, juxtapositions, ... ).
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16-01-2013 - 09-02-2013
Claude Pavy Moments Singuliers de la Vie Ordinaire
Images that are often nostalgic, whether they be from yesterday or today, always viewed with a tender yet precise eye. A professional musician, Claude Pavy plays with virtuosity the entire range of shades from white to black, tones which suit his subjects to perfection.
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31-10-2012 - 15-12-2012
Dirk De Herder Dirk De Herder 1914-2003
Fine prints made by this established Dutch photographer, relatively unknown in France, whose humanist vision recalls Boubat, Brassai, Kertesz, or Ronis. All the prints come from the photographer's family archives.
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15-09-2012 - 06-10-2012
Ray Renolds Visages/Paysages
A selection of portraits from the artist's professional portfolio, several works emanating from a project completed in Sussex, and a variety of images made during his roamings in France.