I just have to write a bit about it so here we go.
Last Sunday we jumped in the car at 8 in the morning and drove to Paris. It was a smooth trip, completely hassle free and at around 11:30 we arrived to park our car in a garage located in the exact street where we were supposed to be; perfect. And then we walked to the gallery: Centre Iris – Pour la Photographie.
We hardly did enter or we saw Quinn and a greeting followed. He was busy with his workshop and invited us to come up after we went and seen his exhibit. So, we went down the stairs in a sort of wine cellar (France, you gotta love it!) and there hung LOTS of images, really magnificent. It was fantastic seeing his plates for real. They looked great and the presentation was really beautiful; off-white passepartout leaving a bit of space around the plates, in a frame with a black border. Very sober leaving the images to do the talking which they did very well.
Photos of all fragile people, shot using a fragile process but taking it further than just a pretty process and taking it further to the Jews in the Second World War, the scars the war left. Really impressive piece of work, I wish I had the money to buy some. Also a plate of a forest, which I still remember the best, I love(d) it to death.
During the exhibition view Jean came down to great us, really sweet! We talked for a bit, saw the exhibit to the end and joined everyone upstairs. Cool group that was following the workshop, they did a great job, LOTS of plates and a great space to use for this workshop. There were 2 lighting set ups people could use for making plates and even more cameras. It was also possible for them to shoot outside with daylight so a couple of them did. I actually modeled for one on a Triumph motorbike, that was pretty funny.
Around 2:30 the Leica group of Paris arrived for a small demonstration of the process by Quinn. That was really fun to watch as well and we had a great time. The model he made a photo of was great. Examples of it can be found following the upcoming link, it’s all in French but if you know English you should be able to figure out the most: http://www.summilux.net/forums/viewtopic.php?t=32472&highlight=jacobson
Time flew by too fast and at 4 we had to head back to Maastricht as we had to work the next day and wanted a bit of the evening to eat and such and relax a bit from the day and cyanide & ether fumes 😆
To see some more about this from Quinn himself see here: http://www.studioq.com/blog/?p=1287
All in all, it was a great day, it was utterly great to meat Quinn, Jean and Summer again and I’m looking forward meeting all of you in London soon! Here are some pics to get your mouths watering and of course the address of the gallery, may you want to decide to view the exhibition which is certainly an advise to do so!
Centre Iris – Pour la Photographie
238, rue Saint-Martin 75003 Paris
tél : +33 (0)1 48 87 06 09
fax : +33 (0)1 48 87 06 51
Go visit, it’s a wonderful place to be!