Loïc Bréard:Loïc Bréard Vita→ Vita
Urban Sketches
1999-2009

October 16, 2009 to January 29, 2010

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Urban Sketches # 48, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm

From October 16 until February 12, 2010, Hilaneh von Kories Gallery will present the exhibit »Urban Sketches« with black-and-white images by Loïc Bréard.

Loïc Bréard was born in Brittany, France, and now lives in Hamburg, Germany, where he evolved into a photo artist whose body of work is defined by a passion for the visual diversity of life. This diversity was displayed in his well-known series „El Rocio - a Spanish Pilgrimage«, which became a book and was shown at Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in 2008. Human life, design ingenuity, architectural patterns – all of them come together in the Bréard vision of motives.

Architectural photography often exudes an extremely cool reserve, because architects like it that way. So photographers rarely leave a personal mark, and rather simply document the architect’s work. Bréard’s images, taken with a small format Leica camera and printed on silver gelatine baryt paper, are perfect compositions in their own right. They show a sense for dramatic points of view in the urban landscape, and feature small details, mass-produced components, façades.

Again and again, Breárd has been fascinated by reflections, resonating a classic subject of photography which has tried to capture shiny surfaces mirroring our environment. Metal surfaces and iridescent glass become subjective prisms, which remind us of a technique used by the masters of surrealistic photography – an elegant trait of craftsmanship, enhanced by exclusively using film and shooting only in black and white.

Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 1, 2009
Silbergelatine auf Baryt, ca. 90 x 120 cm
Urban Sketches # 1, 2009
Urban Sketches # 1, 2009
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 42, 2008
Silbergelatine auf Baryt, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Urban Sketches # 42
Urban Sketches # 42, 2008

The medium of black and white photography, Bréard once said, is unique in allowing »to bring to light an existence behind the appearance and an emotion behind the human façade«. And so he creates images with a sense of depth exuding from sha- dows and reflecting the philosophical and psychological core of life itself. In 1945, French film critic André Bazin wrote in his essay »The Ontology of the Photographic Image«: »All art is based on the presence of people, only photography profits from their absence.«

Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 7, 2008
Silbergelatine auf Baryt, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Urban Sketches # 7, 2008
Urban Sketches # 7, 2008
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 16, 2008
Silbergelatine auf Baryt, ca. 90 x 120 cm
Urban Sketches # 16, 2008
Urban Sketches # 16, 2008
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 12, 2006
Silbergelatine auf Baryt, ca. 120 x 90 cm
Urban Sketches # 12, 2006
Urban Sketches # 12, 2006
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 29, 2008
Silbergelatine auf Baryt, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Urban Sketches # 29, 2008
Urban Sketches # 29, 2008

Rarely has the absence of people produced such human images. Bréard, who studied painting and sculpturing at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, once said, he was able not only to see his pictures, but also to smell and to hear them. This is a rather unusual statement from a photographer. What do those image tell us about life? You can try to ask them – during the exhibit in the Hilaneh von Kories Gallery in Hamburg.

More photos from this exhibition

Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 48, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Open image gallery
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 1, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 90 x 120 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 7, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 16, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 90 x 120 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 12, 2006
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 120 x 90 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 25, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 42, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 2, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 3, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 4, 1999
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 5, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 35,3 x 22,2 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 6, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 8, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 9, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 10, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 120 x 90 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 11, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 120 x 90 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 13, 2006
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 14, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 120 x 90 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 15, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 17, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 18, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 19, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 20, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 21, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 24 x 16 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 22, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 24 x 16 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 23, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 24, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 26, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 27, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 28, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 30,5 x 46 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 29, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 30, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 31, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 24 x 16 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 32, 2006
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 24 x 16 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 33, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 34, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 35, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 36, 2000
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 37, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 37, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 39, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 40, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 41, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 43, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 44, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 45, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 46, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 24 x 16 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 47, 2008
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 24 x 16 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 49, 1998
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 50, 2001
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 24 x 16 cm
Loïc Bréard: Urban Sketches # 51, 2009
Gelatin Silver Print on Baryte, ca. 46 x 30,5 cm

More infos about this artist

Loïc Bréard: Vitaopen vita

Loïc Bréard:
Urban Sketches
1999-2009

October 16, 2009 to January 29, 2010
Vernissage: October 16, 2009, 19:00h | Laudatio: Prof. Gerd Fleischmann
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday 14:00–19:00h and by appointment

Galerie Hilaneh von Kories
Stresemannstraße 384a (in the courtyard)
22761 Hamburg
Tel: +49 (40) 423 20 10
mail@galeriehilanehvonkories.de
www.galeriehilanehvonkories.de

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