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Paris on the Seine, on display thru May 26 at Silver Eye Center for Photography

 


Paris on the Seine: Photographs by Bruno Requillart will be on view at Silver Eye Center for Photography now through May 26.

The exhibition features contemporary panoramic black-and-white prints of the riverbanks of La Seine. These silver gelatin photographs allow the viewer to vicariously travel to the most visited city in the world. Images reveal buildings, barges and more trees than expected to conjure up interesting visual parallels between Pittsburgh and Paris and the waterways that have been vital to both cities.

Paris on the Seine: Photographs by Bruno Requillart is an exhibition of 50 photographs curated by Linda Benedict-Jones, executive director of Silver Eye. Mr. Requillart has photographed the Seine, the major river in northwestern France for the past seven years with a HasselBlad XPan, 24 x 65, a rangefinder camera that allows the creation of panoramic photographs.

He prints his own silver gelatin photographs on fibre-based paper. While this approach was standard throughout most of the 20th Century, it is now rare to find photographers who work in a non-digital format.

Requillart's images are inviting and intimate – both in scale and subject matter, yet they are also formalist pieces that rely heavily on line, texture and composition. In his artist statement he said, “What always interested me about photography is the possibility, thanks to composition within the viewfinder, of juxtaposing or extracting various elements and planes. So, through the encounter of these pieces of reality, I hope to create a ‘new world' in which I can recognize myself. The entire art of photography is in in this chosen and reconstructed real.”

Silver Eye Center for Photography is at 1015 E. Carson Street, South Side. Gallery hours are Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, noon to 5 p.m .; Thursday, noon to 9 p.m. Admission is free. Visit http://www.silvereye.org for more information.

 

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