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"David Malin: Photographies"
2004-10-16 until 2004-11-16
Galerie Karsten Greve
Paris, , USA United States of America

For the first time in Europe, the Karsten Greve Gallery is showing the works of the famous English "astrophotographer", David Malin. The exhibition consists of some thirty photos, showing extraordinarily beautiful images of galaxies, nebulae, stars and comets. The outstanding quality of these photographs is further heightened by the platinum/palladium printing technical process used, which lends the image an unexpected presence, combining visual fidelity with artistic depiction.

The crossroads where photography and astronomy meet comes in many different forms: art endowing science with new tools of perception and analysis; science raising art to the rank of the invisible and the divine. The study of ancient constellations, invisible to the naked eye, is part of the formulation of scientific principles in astronomy, with the light coming from stars which died billions of years ago only reaching us today...

Over and above pure scientific facts, David Malin's photographic research echoes a poetic universe which reveals magical and ghostlike latent images, and makes the mystery of the origins of our universe--and thus of life--tangible.

David Malin worked as a scientific photographer from 1975 to 2001 at the Anglo-Australian Observatory in New South Wales (Australia), and as such radically capsized the horizons of our perception of the universe. He has developed innovative techniques making it possible to produce images of extremely remote celestial objects, and others that are too faint to be picked up by the naked eye.

In his Sydney laboratory, these methods helped him to discover two new types of galaxies, the vaster of which bears the name "Malin I". By using "photographic amplification", a process permitting the duplication of the sheet of glass forming the negative by exposure to a diffuse light source, faint details appear which could not be recreated by normal exposure, and subtle features and details become visible in the lighter areas of the image, without the print being over-exposed.

Born in England in 1941, David Malin studied chemistry and then explored photography. As a specialist in electronic optical microscopy and the exploration of the infinitely small, he then became involved in astrophotography and for 26 years held the post of astronomer at the Anglo-Australian Observatory, which is equipped with one of the largest telescopes in the world. He has long been acclaimed and recognized for his work as a photographer in scientific books and magazines, but has only recently found fame for his artistic qualities, which have led to exhibitions all over the world. His writings and discoveries have been awarded prizes by juries, scientific and artistic alike, which have today earned him great fame, as much for his lectures as for these photographic works, which can be seen in many international public and private collections.

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