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"Luc Delahaye: Photographs"
2004-02-05 until 2005-05-03
National Museum of Photography, Film & Television
West Yorkshire, ,
UK United Kingdom
The first major UK show for Magnum photographer Luc Delahaye includes the UK
premiere of a series of monumental panoramic photographs offering radically
unfamiliar perspectives on contemporary world events.
From Afghanistan and the Middle East to Ground Zero and the UN these images
take us beyond the fragmented details of the media viewpoint to give a
fuller, detached view.
From the haunting and humanizing image of a dead,
young Taliban warrior to the tiny figures among the rubble of the Jenin
refugee camp, the works invoke grand themes. Familiar because of their
reference to 19th century war photographs and the tradition of history
paintings, they are also utterly contemporary visually and conceptually.
Transcending the frenzy of news and of the moment, distilled and serene,
these are photographs of awesome range and beauty.
Gallery Two, which will receive its official launch for the opening of the
show, will host Winterreise, a melancholy, sometimes harrowing road trip
across the stark landscapes of contemporary Russia. In glowing colours
Winterreise illuminates lives lived in darkness.
Twice winner of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, as a photojournalist Luc has
reported from nearly two decades of conflicts. Parallel to this he has
become seriously established as a photographic artist and brings this
aesthetic to his documentary work, be it his covert photography on the Paris
Metro or images of those caught in the aftermath of conflict or economic
catastrophe. His portraits of the homeless featured in the NMPFT's 2001
exhibition, In a Lonely Place.
Baghdad #4, 2003,
© Luc Delahaye
Courtesy Ricco/Maresca Gallery and Magnum Photos