2017

ISRAEL ARIÑO

LE PARTAGE DES EAUX

In 1985, the British Scott Archer laid down the wet collodion technique, primarily to improve the sharpness of image and reduce the exposure time compared with earlier processes, thus enabling Edward Muybridge, who used it for his research, to study the movement of bodies, and Roger Fenton to take the first war images in the Crimea. In contrast, Israel Ari o now seeks to remove visibility by introducing into the real an element of the imaginary and of poetry. In contrast, Israel Ari o now seeks to remove visibility by introducing into the real an element of the imaginary and of poetry. He does not look for any transparency in the emulsion on glass, but rather an opacity and a mystery, an imperfect beauty due to the operator's gesture, unique to each plate. He takes advantage of flaw of the support, of its defects of adhesion to give back to the photograph its spectral dimension, dear to Roland Barthes: ghostly images that come back to visit us, distracting us from the tranquil evidence of the present, forcing us to look at Toulouse with the eyes of yesterday...

Dominique Roux
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