August 19, 2011

Helene Binet

‘glasgow’, 2010
architecture by zaha hadid
edition 8 + 2 ap / hand printed b/w silver gelatin (61 x 50.8 cm)
photo © hélène binet, courtesy gabrielle ammann // gallery, cologne

Architecture has immense power. It creates experience, whether gazing upon a built work, or looking out through framed viewports to the world beyond. Helene Binet captures the essence of these experiences beautifully. I find her work to be breathtaking, allowing us to feel the impact of intangible elements such as light, shadow and movement of form. These visceral moments are often impossible to comprehend without having the fortunate opportunity to experience them first hand. They are often found in the smallest detail, or from a vantage point only the camera can document, yet are critical to understanding of the architects vision and intent. The dramatic effect of her craft uniquely conveys the countless hours the designers have spent to envision and create these experiences. The images provide me with inspiration, appreciation and beauty.

kolumba 01′, 2007
edition: 5 + 2 ap / digital b/w silver gelatin print (120 x 153 cm)
photo © hélène binet, courtesy gabrielle ammann // gallery, cologne

The work of Helene Binet is getting some well deserved attention. An extensive monograph of her work will be published by Phaidon Press (London / New York) in November 2011. It features photographs of internationally celebrated architects including Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Zaha Hadid, and Peter Zumthor.

Additionally, the Reading Landscape: Contemporary Landscape Photography exhibit will be taking place at the Architectural Association (London, UK) in which Hélène’s work will feature alongside the work of Sue Barr, Bleda y Rosa, Stephen Gill, Uta Kögelsberger, Anna Leader, Edgar dos Santos, Corinne Silva and Eva Stenram. The exhibition will run from October 15th to November 19th.

“Reading Landscape presents a selection of contemporary photographers who work in the realm of the uninhabited. The photographers on show read rather than record landscape and their authorial presence is often felt in the images – a set of photographic lights, a flare thrown into the night sky, dust gathered in the studio. Some of the photographs articulate the unease we feel when confronted with rural landscape, denying us the comfort we find in the density of the built environment. Other photographs show landscapes that we may take for granted, whose history belies a less sanguine past. Originating in the early seventeenth century, the word landscape was initially a painters’ term describing natural scenery; only 300 years later did it come to refer to the land itself. Reading Landscape explores this gap between the real and the revealed: the space between, where our dreams and fears reside.” (text: Architectural Association)

firminy – b’, 2007
architecture by le corbusier
edition 8 + 2 ap / hand printed b/w silver gelatin (50.8 x 61 cm)
photo © hélène binet, courtesy gabrielle ammann // gallery, cologne

‘firminy – a’, 2007
architecture by le corbusier
edition 8 + 2 ap / hand printed b/w silver gelatin (50.8 x 61 cm)
photo © hélène binet, courtesy gabrielle ammann // gallery, cologne

‘vardø – b’, 2011
architecture by peter zumthor
edition 8 + 2 ap / hand printed b/w silver gelatin (61 x 50.8 cm)
photo © hélène binet, courtesy gabrielle ammann // gallery, cologne

Images found at artists website and here.

 

 

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