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“In the Shadow of a Giant, Paris mon amour…” A European Afternoon with Avi Roth’s Photography

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ARTIST STATEMENT

by Avi Roth

“In the Shadow of a Giant, Paris mon amour…”

Homage to a dedicated man, (who died in poverty after spending nearly thirty years photographing the changing face of Paris) French photographer Eugène Atget (1857-1927).

“In 1839 a new means of visual representation has been presented: photography. In 1990 the introduction of digital photography created yet another revolutionary era in visual representation.

The purpose for creating this collection was to bridge between decades of photographic triumph. Between the first generation of photographers (1839) who mastered a multitude of new processes such as conveying tone, texture, and detail in a monochrome medium and the current generation (2008 – 2016) of the computational culture.

In the past 150 years, photography has gained momentum in public and private environments becoming one of the determining factors of contemporary life.

The images presented here are selected from a larger body of work, all which were photographed in Paris, Rome and London between the years 1978 and 2008. These images are newly reproduced on Kraft paper aided by twenty first century photographic techniques with the intent to emulate the look and feel of nineteen-century photographic imagery.

 

What does my work concern itself with?

A whole lot of things, but its crux abides in the formidable privilege of creating new expressions that illuminate the colors of mankind; bringing a meaning to each image and every experience through extreme intimacy and perpetual attentiveness derived from natural curiosity. Many of the images you see displayed attempt to uncover in a modest way the joys and sorrows of our daily lives.

I have viewed my work hundreds of times. Yet at every new glimpse like a curious child I discover a new wonder that places me at the beginning of my journey – as if encountering the original event for the first time. The charming appeal of this magical process, étre en répétition, and this dynamic life enriching cycle of experience is the hidden force behind my passion for photography.”

 

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