A retrospective exhibition organized in collaboration with Emmanuel Fremin Gallery, New York
Originally from Belgium, Antoine Rose’s worldwide journey began with a faint curiosity and a myriad of photography paraphernalia hidden in his father’s garage. “An old photo-enlarger, some expired chemicals, and three textbooks nearly 30cm each on the Theory of Photography” enkindled Rose’s spirit of inquiry and raw experimentation. Preferring to be autodidact, Rose refrained from taking any professional courses in the field; rather, he studied his father’s books, expanding his knowledge on the subject meanwhile carefully watching his father practice and develop film throughout the analogue era. By the age of eight, after receiving a pocket-sized compact, Rose began sculpting the light behind his lens – a small token that sparked his imagination and initiated years of dedication to improving his technique.
Antoine Rose’s love for the sea led him to become official photographer of the Kitesurfing World Cup in 2002 for several consecutive years. During this time, Rose set out to bring forth a fresh, innovative vantage point for magazines that inspired his now, critically acclaimed aerial photography. Being a perfectionist, Rose devoted time and energy to refining his vision with a shooting process that evolved gradually over a period of twelve years, in which iterative improvements to the entire process and its smaller elements were made after each flight. As Rose developed his oeuvre and creative method, he began to take a minimalist approach with the commencement of his “Up in the Air” series. Shedding light on his venturesome operation, Rose admits, “Shooting from helicopters, all doors removed, 300 feet above earth at 20 knots and getting images that can be printed as large as 120 inches is quite a challenge. What’s difficult is to mix all the tasks in real time: guiding the pilot, having the right lens, being sure the camera settings are setup properly, concentrating on the light, the subject, the framing, discussing with the tower control to get clearance…” the list goes on. Indeed, his works are oversized photographs, up to 3 meters wide and mounted with a patented Diasec procedure, offering landscape panoramas captured from a bird’s eye view.
Maison de la Photographie
28 Rue Pierre Legrand, 59800 Lille, France
August 31, 2017 to October 08, 2017