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May 28, 2008
Russian photographer Alexei Vassiliev is quite prolific as he energetically explores new visual ideas in photography. Lens Culture was pleased to show an extensive portfolio of his 21st Century Anonymous Portraits earlier this year (with our Englsih-language essay translated into French and Russian).
Now Galerie Blue Square in Paris is featuring some all-new photographic murals by Vassiliev, as well as a generous showing of other recent work, including some of the large-scale portraits.
The photo above is just a detail of a photo mural that measures 2 meters by 9 meters. (Click on the photo to see a larger version.) Vassiliev starts with a traditional film camera, and then stitches together several exposures with digital scans of the film. The distortions and blurs are exactly as they were recorded by the camera. Other than stitching together several images, there is no digital trickery here, and the images are really amazing to see at full-scale.
The exhibition will be open to the public through July 26. The photographer will be present at a gala opening on the evening of Friday May 30.
Galerie Blue Square
14 rue Debelleyme
If you are in Paris, don't miss it.