Richard Learoyd: Day for Night

Richard Learoyd: Day for Night


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This deluxe, oversized monograph offers the most comprehensive collection of British photographer Richard Learoyd's (born 1966) color studio images to date—mostly portraits, but also including a handful of exquisite still lifes. The color images are made with one of the most antiquarian of photographic processes: the camera obscura, literally translated from Latin as "dark room." Learoyd has created a room-sized camera in which the Cibachrome photographic paper is exposed. The subject is in the adjacent room, separated by a lens. Light falling on the subject is directly focused onto the photographic paper without an interposing film negative. The result is a perfectly clear, entirely grainless, larger-than-life image. Learoyd's subjects, composed simply and directly, are described with the thinnest plane of focus, recreating and exaggerating the way that the human eye perceives; the images recall Dutch Master paintings in tone and composition.This volume includes more than 150 images, reproduced with the utmost care to capture the luminosity of the originals. It also includes an artist statement by Learoyd; a statement by Nancy Gryspeerdt, one of his subjects; and a text by Martin Barnes, curator of the first solo exhibition of the artist's work at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London.

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ISBN-13: 9781597113298
Publisher: Aperture Foundation
Publication date: 10/27/2015
Pages: 328
Product dimensions: 13.20(w) x 16.90(h) x 2.20(d)

About the Author

Richard Learoyd studied fine-art photography at the Glasgow School of Art under professor Thomas Joshua Cooper. His work has been included in group shows at the International Center of Photography, New York; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the National Gallery, London. Learoyd started his camera obscura work in 2003. He is represented by McKee Gallery, New York, and Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco. He lives in Wiltshire, South West England, with his family and works in a studio in Spitalfields, East London.

Martin Barnes is senior curator of photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. In addition to curating numerous touring exhibitions in the UK, his curated exhibitions at the museum include Shadow Catchers: Camera-less Photography (2010). Barnes writes on contemporary photographers for such publications as Aperture and Portfolio, as well as for exhibition catalogues.

Nancy Gryspeerdt lives in London and works in television drama.

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