Henry Wessel (1942-2018) ranks among the most important representatives of the New Topographics movement, which signalled a radical shift from traditional landscape depictions of artists such as Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, to purist documentations of industrial sites and urban peripheries.
Known for his love of crime novels and film noir, Wessel had an uncanny ability to imbue everyday scenes with an underlying sense of mystery. Particularly in the later years of his five-decades-long career, the celebrated photographer captured the world around him in uniquely enigmatic images, working with large-format cameras. The Maison Européenne de la Photographie now retraces the ‘Dark Thread’ that runs through the artist’s extraordinary oeuvre.
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