To kick off its 2013 program, the Galerie Hélène Detaille gave carte blanche to Matthias Olmeta, who continues his exploration of the ambrotype (sometimes called ‘collodion positive’). The first works Olmeta produced using this process, Quest for Humility, are reminiscent of vanitas paintings: the artist places himself into the frame surrounded by elements of his life. The ambrotype does not fix the image; the vibrations of the silver, specific to this technique, offer freedom.
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