The photographs of Guillaume Zuili evoke memories of another time, another era, long gone and wistful. These dusty, chalky, charcoal-like smudges of memories could have been snatched from a re-screening of an old movie. Each feels like an iconic, dreamlike moment of random beauty.
Zuili, a Frenchman who splits his time between Paris and Los Angeles, has developed an intriguing hybrid style of photography. By using a crude pinhole camera but modern high speed film, he’s able to make hand-held snapshots of elegant beauty that celebrate the graininess inherent in film plus the soft, smudged focus of pinhole photography. Without the high-speed film, he would never capture this snapshot aesthetic; pinhole photography usually requires a tripod and long exposure time.
But of course it is more than just the technique that makes these images so successful. Skilled composition, ruthless editing, and then alchemical magic in the darkroom all transform these images into objects of beauty.
— Jim Casper
It's a little bit like a very contemporary TV soap opera set all across London, with rapid-paced changes of characters and scenery — and the viewer is left to connect the dots and imagine the stories.
Vibrant and faded; modern and traditional; bright and shaded—urban dwellers pass through their surroundings, unknowingly "completing" beautiful scenes.
New York-based photographeruses two distinct techniques to capture nature's more subtle and interesting beauty that is often beyond the visible.