Wednesday, January 13, 2010

"Robert Bourdeau The Station Point"

Copyright Robert Bourdeau

Robert Bourdeau's new book "Robert Bourdeau The Station Point" will be released during the spring of 2011. MaryAnn Camilleri, president of the Magenta Foundation, and publisher of this new book, writes:

"Taken over the past three decades throughout Europe and North America, these photographs are of age-old landscapes, historical treasures of architecture nestled in the countryside and rusting industrial sites reclaimed by nature. Bourdeau is deeply interested in how certain structures lose their identity and take on other feelings and ambiguities, and at other times become guardians or sentinels of physical and emotional space. He is also fascinated by the dark mysticism of mediaeval architecture and by brooding landscapes, the exactness of his photography disclosing the hidden geometry of nature.

Trained as an architect, Bourdeau (born 1931) was lured to photography by leafing through an issue of Aperture. This led to a crucial encounter with Minor White in 1958, and a spiritual, decade-long apprenticeship. The tie with the school that emerged from Camera Work was further enhanced by Bourdeau’s connection with Paul Strand in the late 1960s.Working with a large-format view camera, Bourdeau favours long exposures. Most of his photographs are contact printed, either from an 11-by-14-inch or an8-by-10-inch negative, a method that allows for a minimal loss of definition in reproduction. Bourdeau has exhibited internationally since 1967.His work is in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC; the Museum of Contemporary Art and The Renaissance Society, Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto; the National Gallery of Canada and the Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa."

Robert Bourdeau The Station Point

Texts by Bill Ewing, Sophie Hackett & Ann Thomas

Price: ca$60.00 / us$60.00

Distributed Spring 2011

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