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Monday, May 18, 2009


(Pic: Graffitis by Aurélie Biewesch)

Photography exhibition by Aurélie Biewesch running at the Alliance Francaise.

Currently running at the Alliance Francaise in Morningside is an exhibition titled Lomographic Itineraries. Photographer Aurélie Biewesch, who is also a graphic designer, went to the “4 corners of the globe” to search for the authenticity of diverse cultures through the viewfinder of her cameras.

From this passion for the poor-quality photo, more commonly known as “lomography”, intense snapshots both in contrast and colour were born. Her faulty camera bodies encourage instinctive and spontaneous usage. From these come indents of light, halos, superimposition, unexpected colours.

“These results counter the pixel perfect, banal photos without soul that the big photographic companies attempt to sell us. An idea that the graphic designer has always wanted to flee,” she explains.

Whether portraits, landscapes or architecture, Aurélie Biewesch’s lomographies are made up of print textures and graphic matter reinforced by a development technique called “crossed processing”. The proximity of her subjects and the type of camera that she used, such as the Polaroid, allowed her to live and to capture strong moments of exchange, amongst others with the Malgassy population. For the rest, she trusts her instinct and her sharp graphic designers’ eye.

Aurélie Biewesch studies art in Paris and has a diploma from the Gobelins School of image and Graphics. She has worked as a graphic designer in Paris and New York for various graphic design studios and then for two years she worked for the French Cultural Cooperation in the Seychelles. She has been practicing photography for ten years. Her first camera, a second-hand Konica, was given to her by her grandfather for a study trip in Marrakech.

Lomographic Itineraries runs until June 5 and the Alliance Francaise is situated at 22 Sutton Crescent, Durban. More information on 031 312 9582.