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Galerie Camera Obscura : Paolo Roversi : Secrets


Archives – December 28, 2014

Paolo Roversi is one of the biggest names in fashion photography. He’s brought the artform a very personal touch by using a wooden 20x25cm Deardorff camera with bellows, like some 19th-century portraitist, only with Polaroid.

For Secrets, at Galerie Camera Obscura in Paris, Roversi chose photographs representing the essence of his work: portraits, nudes, self-portraits and fashion photography. His strongest influences in portraiture have been the Byzantine mosaics he knew during his childhood in Ravenna, along with certain Renaissance Madonnas and a kind of photography which could claim, during certain moments of its evolution, to have captured a piece of the subject’s soul as well as its image. In certain photographs in Secrets, Roversi appears like an uncertain shadow, almost a medium, either by his subject’s side, or as the subject himself.

To coincide with the exhibition, a reissue was made of the book originally published in October 2013.

Paolo Roversi : Secrets
Until 21 June 2014
Galerie Camera Obscura
268, bd Raspail
75014 Paris

12-7pm Tuesday to Friday, 11am-7pm Saturday

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