Philippe Bréson

Philippe Bréson

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Philippe Bréson
French, b.1960 French photographer Philippe Bréson (b. 1960, Paris, France) began practicing photography and the historic process of Silver Gelatin printing at a very young age. Initially attracted to photography’s immense power to record and interpret the world, Bréson explains that as he furthered his exploration of fine art photography, he continues to be attracted to searching for a singularity in the gaze and in the depth of photographic writing. Spending the first half of his life in the south of France, where the light appears to absorb everything, Bréson learned the romanticism of shadow and the beauty that could emerge from the darkness. After a long career as a photojournalist, Breson moved to a more academic field where he taught photography in various art institutes in Paris. Philippe Bréson claims a surgical and manipulative approach to his photographic process. Preferring to use the gelatin silver technique, which allows him to intervene physically on the image, Bréson uses the negative, the patina and the strips. Unafraid of the irreversible damage, the risk, and transgression that this method involves, the manual process delivers original proofs on which the hand of the artist is overtly present. Each photograph is unique and its preservation offers much more guarantees than that of its modern equivalents. Bréson prefers the ancient photographic process, the use of gum bichromate, cyanotype or shooting camera obscura for their versatility and the dialogue that they maintain with the history of photography. For Bréson it’s impossible to disassociate the image captured from the post production work. The laboratory phase is where everything happens; it is the place of experimentation and where the accidents are inseparable from his photographic practice. It is in the dark room that an image captured is freed and can truly express itself. Furthermore, this photographer makes his own tools which to him is imperative to his photographic approach. Sneak peek: Artist's Proof photographer, Philippe Bréson from Artist's Proof on Vimeo. The selected photographs of Philippe Bréson in his ‘Nus’ series offer us his conception of eroticism. The woman is mutilated, deformed, sacrificed in a sublime manner. In the process of this change – from the first print to the final rendered image, the truth is altered because of the creative act of the photographer. Philippe Bréson sees his work as an extension of the Battalion thought. Where Georges Bataille cites “transgression of boundaries, the photographer tackles the limits of the representation of the body, in order to present an inner experience.” “Memory,” entitles Philippe Bréson’s unflinching series depicting today’s World War I battlefields. Photographs like Massiges pronounce his artistry. In the image, a lone tree sits three-quarters into the background. Between us and the sapling, a scarred grassland textures the foreground. The fissures and gashes carved from the landscape are wounds from artillery barrages launched a century ago. Grass carpets steep banks, covering a landscape contorted in an immutable frozen violence. The topography of the landscape has been changed permanently by war. The young tree grows indifferent, regarding the secrets melting into the ground with an adolescent’s hubris. “The land has digested the iron.” Featured in the Beaux arts Magazine, Bréson has exhibited since 1986. His dive into “memory” as a theme is colored in the same ways as his explorations into portraiture, architecture, and underground sexuality. His works appeal to a vintage aesthetic
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Bailly - Oise, 2014
Philippe Bréson

Bailly - Oise, 2014

Silver Gelatin Print

27 x 27 in

Dans l'atelier #51, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Dans l'atelier #51, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

14 x 11 in

La Forêt-Fouesnant, Finistère
Philippe Bréson

La Forêt-Fouesnant, Finistère

Silver Gelatin Print

14.25 x 14.25 in

Mnemosis
Philippe Bréson

Mnemosis

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 11 in

Soleil de Minuit #2, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Soleil de Minuit #2, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 11 in

Stigmata #66, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Stigmata #66, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

14 x 11 in

Dans l'Atelier #14, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Dans l'Atelier #14, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 11 in

Dans l'atelier #56, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Dans l'atelier #56, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 14 in

La Torche, Finistère
Philippe Bréson

La Torche, Finistère

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 11 in

Ourscamp, Oise
Philippe Bréson

Ourscamp, Oise

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 11 in

Soleil de Minuit #23, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Soleil de Minuit #23, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 14 in

Dans l'atelier #33, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Dans l'atelier #33, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

14 x 11 in

Entre Penchard et Moushyou
Philippe Bréson

Entre Penchard et Moushyou

Silver Gelatin Print

15 x 7 in

Laval sur Tourbe, 2012
Philippe Bréson

Laval sur Tourbe, 2012

Silver Gelatin Print

27 x 27 in

Penmarc'h, Finistère
Philippe Bréson

Penmarc'h, Finistère

Silver Gelatin Print

10.50 x 10.50 in

Stigmata #108, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Stigmata #108, 2017

Silver Gelatin Print

14 x 11 in

Dans l'atelier #36, 2017
Philippe Bréson

Dans l'atelier #36, 2017

Chinese Ink on Rice Paper

14 x 11 in

Ile de Ré #184
Philippe Bréson

Ile de Ré #184

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 11 in

Massiges, 2012
Philippe Bréson

Massiges, 2012

Silver Gelatin Print

11 x 11 in

Rozay en Brie Seine et Marne
Philippe Bréson

Rozay en Brie Seine et Marne

Silver Gelatin Print

5.50 x 14.25 in

Stigmata #149, 2017 (1/5)
Philippe Bréson

Stigmata #149, 2017 (1/5)

Silver Gelatin Print

14 x 11 in

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