The Photo Edition Berlin – Gallery and Publisher presents Works of Swiss Photographer Roger Humbert. Through 14 November, 2015.
The exhibition Konkrete Fotografie Digital shows new work by Roger Humbert which he produced from 2008 until today. The images were exclusively made with a digital camera and with them, Humbert’s career which spans over 60 years, now covers techniques from cameraless photography to Concrete Digital Photography.
The key works of this period are on view in Berlin for the first time.
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.
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.
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