Solo Exhibition / Limited Edition / Catalogue
CONCRETE PHOTOGRAPHY DIGITAL.
New Works 2008 – 2013.
Opening: Wednesday, September 16, 2015, 19-22h
The artist will be present.
Exhibition: September 17 – November 14, 2015
Wed 14-18h, Sat 12-16h, and by appointment
Changed opening hours during Berlin Art Week:
Sep 17–20: Daily from 14-18h
In 2006 Humbert began to extend his photographic insights within the digital world. He thus came full circle after more than 60 years of work: from cameraless photography to concrete camera-photography in digital form. During this time, the latent image has always remained his central focus.
The key works of this new group are united in the present exhibition at PHOTO EDITION BERLIN.
An exclusive portfolio featuring eight photographs by Roger Humbert has been published by PHOTO EDITION BERLIN in a limited edition of 10 prints plus 2 artist’s proofs (AP). The selection of photographs was chosen in consultation with the artist. An OCE Lightjet was used to project the digital images directly onto gelatin-silver baryta paper (315g/m²), Ilford Galerie FB Digital. Each work has been individually stamped, numbered and signed by the artist on the reverse side. The passe-partouts are made of pH-neutral, lightfast pasteboard with additional protection in transparent polyester archival envelopes. The museum-quality portfolio case is hand-made; its exterior is covered with black buckram and its interior with white archival paper.
Please contact the gallery for more information and prices of the works.
You can download a preview of the portfolio here.
A catalogue was published by PHOTO EDITION BERLIN.
Size: A5 – 15 x 21 cm, 36 pages
Softcover, 4/4 color
You can order it here.
About the artist
Roger Humbert (b. 1929) is a Swiss pioneer of Concrete Photography, and he has produced an extensive photographic oeuvre since the 1950s. Until 1974 Humbert worked in the darkroom, using only light sources, formal elements – such as stencils, punch cards, etc. – and the chemical process of development. The mysterious quality of the light that has inscribed itself into the sensitive gelatin was directed not towards motifs external to the image, but towards the form and structure of the photo itself, and it insured that this form of fine-art photography achieved international recognition.
Humbert’s experimental photography is closely connected with art movements like Alvin Langdon Coburn’s Vorticism of the 1920s and the tradition of the Bauhaus with László Moholy-Nagy, as well as with the Existentialist philosophy of Jean-Paul Sartre. His cameraless photograms, luminograms and clichés-verres do not reproduce; instead, they present a new reality created on the photographic paper in the moment of its exposure. His work has been featured in numerous important exhibitions, including Ungegenständliche Fotografie (Non-objective photography), held in Basel in 1960, and the first exhibition entitled Konkrete Fotografie (Concrete photography), held in Bern in 1967. There – together with the photographers René Mächler, Jean Frédéric Schnyder and Rolf Schroeter – he presented minimalistic compositions of light that are based only on their own immanent pictorial law. Humbert thus belongs to the founders of this development and is one of its essential protagonists in Switzerland.
Since 2002 Roger Humbert’s papers and archive have been housed at the Fotostiftung Schweiz (FSS) in Winterthur. His works are present in numerous international museums, including the Sammlung Peter C. Ruppert (Würzburg) and the Musée d’art et d’histoire (Geneva).
Roger Humbert lives and works in Basel, Switzerland.