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Self-portrait © Richard Dumas

Richard Dumas

Self-portrait © Richard Dumas

Polka galerie is pleased to present the exhibition “Amateur” by French photographer Richard Dumas.> Read more

Born in 1961 in Paris, he has been collaborating with the French daily newspapers Liberation and Le Monde since 1990, capturing black and white portraits of leading figures in the art, music and film industries. Yet Dumas is not a portraitist, but an “amateur” photographer. An “amateur” in its etymological sense: “the one who loves”. The one who enlightens and who unveils. 

The mysterious dandy with the dark glasses, a former Ph.D. student in robotics, exhibits his early works. Dumas before Dumas. Dumas, who early stood out and asserted himself with his distinctive approach, his intuition for strong and restrained contrasts and timelessness looks.

From the end of the seventies to the beginning of the nineties, the photographer shaped his vision through literature, cinema, music and through chance encounters. There were those of daily life – friends, relatives, the neighbour’s cat, fishes in their tank. But there were also the more exceptional ones with people he admires: a circle of living Gods he met backstage to the pace of shared concerts. A family. Among them, Willy DeVille, Nico, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Etienne Daho of whom he was the first guitarist, and the great Leonard Cohen. “Amateur” also recounts the music-lover artist’s influences and tempo.

In his personal pantheon, photographers such as Arbus and Penn cross paths with filmmakers like Hitchcock, Antonioni, Kubrick and also Lynch and Monteiro. « To look at the light objectively, and not just the way you imagine it, is the most difficult part. Without this objectivity, there cannot later be any subjectivity ».

Christian Caujolle has been one of the first defender of his work, first to Libération and then to VU agency. ”His approach is quite simply emotional, intuitive. It is not so much the art of making a portrait than of keeping tracks of an encounter. The first step is to make this encounter happen, to make sure it is fruitful.”

The exhibition is composed of a rare selection of silver prints, realised by Antoine Agoudjian under the artist’s supervision for the biggest prints, or by the artist himself, loyal to the dark rooms and to hand cut papers, nowadays religiously kept. “In the end, I am first and foremost a printer. The only thing of interest to me, is to compose, produce the negatives and to give them to the printer that I am”. 

 

Polka galerie is pleased to present the exhibition “Amateur” by French photographer Richard Dumas.> Read more

Born in 1961 in Paris, he has been collaborating with the French daily newspapers Liberation and Le Monde since 1990, capturing black and white portraits of leading figures in the art, music and film industries. Yet Dumas is not a portraitist, but an “amateur” photographer. An “amateur” in its etymological sense: “the one who loves”. The one who enlightens and who unveils. 

The mysterious dandy with the dark glasses, a former Ph.D. student in robotics, exhibits his early works. Dumas before Dumas. Dumas, who early stood out and asserted himself with his distinctive approach, his intuition for strong and restrained contrasts and timelessness looks.

From the end of the seventies to the beginning of the nineties, the photographer shaped his vision through literature, cinema, music and through chance encounters. There were those of daily life – friends, relatives, the neighbour’s cat, fishes in their tank. But there were also the more exceptional ones with people he admires: a circle of living Gods he met backstage to the pace of shared concerts. A family. Among them, Willy DeVille, Nico, Miles Davis, Chet Baker, Etienne Daho of whom he was the first guitarist, and the great Leonard Cohen. “Amateur” also recounts the music-lover artist’s influences and tempo.

In his personal pantheon, photographers such as Arbus and Penn cross paths with filmmakers like Hitchcock, Antonioni, Kubrick and also Lynch and Monteiro. « To look at the light objectively, and not just the way you imagine it, is the most difficult part. Without this objectivity, there cannot later be any subjectivity ».

Christian Caujolle has been one of the first defender of his work, first to Libération and then to VU agency. ”His approach is quite simply emotional, intuitive. It is not so much the art of making a portrait than of keeping tracks of an encounter. The first step is to make this encounter happen, to make sure it is fruitful.”

The exhibition is composed of a rare selection of silver prints, realised by Antoine Agoudjian under the artist’s supervision for the biggest prints, or by the artist himself, loyal to the dark rooms and to hand cut papers, nowadays religiously kept. “In the end, I am first and foremost a printer. The only thing of interest to me, is to compose, produce the negatives and to give them to the printer that I am”.