Thursday, July 14, 2011

Gallery Artist Robert Bourdeau interviewed by Bill Clarke

Energized Landscapes: Robert Bourdeau’s art of looking and seeing

Submitted by Magenta on Thu, 07/07/2011
By Bill Clarke

Lorraine, France, 1998 © Robert Bourdeau

Since 1959, veteran Canadian photographer Robert Bourdeau has produced a body of work that emphasizes exacting craftsmanship in the production of the final print, and extensive looking and seeing before the exposure of the film. Influenced by photographers such as Minor White and Paul Strand, Bourdeau’s subject matter has ranged from grand architectural interiors to landscapes to still lives. He has produced photographs in Mexico, Costa Rica, England, France and the U.S., and his work can be found in museum collections all over North America, including the National Gallery of Canada, the Vancouver Art Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Los Angeles Country Museum of Art. In May, the Magenta Foundation published The Station Point, a monograph of Bourdeau’s work that captures the essence of Bourdeau’s contemplative and detailed work. By phone from his home in Ottawa, the photographer talked to Magenta editor Bill Clarke about his favourite places to shoot and how to capture the energy of the landscape in a photograph.

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