Anne-Sophie Landou

Anne-Sophie Landou (b. 1989) is a French photographer based in Marseille with Corsican roots. Diagnosed in high school with anxiety, she started using photography as a way to break with mental patterns. Today, she uses the camera as a play tool to convey her vision of the world in a raw, poetic, intuitive, feminine way. We are happy we get to to collaborate with her.

Below you will find a recent interview from Underexposed Magazine, a magazine dedicated to showcasing and promoting fine art photography made by women.

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From the series: "POP POP POP POP"
From the series: "POP POP POP POP"

 

1. Where are you from and where are you living right now?

I was born in Toulon, in the south of France, 27 years ago. I moved to Marseille when I was 8. Then I lived in different cities in France, and spent last year in Brooklyn, New York City, which was an incredible experience. Back to old Marseille now! Also, I have Corsican roots I am very attached to.

2. Does the place you live in affect your art and practice?

A lot. When I moved to Marseille as a kid I wasn’t happy. I left my best friend, a quiet city and some beautiful memories behind. I was already affected by anxiety, but it got worse. I had to escape. I started to draw, to write articles and stories, and to make some collages out of magazines. Later, when I got affected by depression I started taking pictures in a conscious, intimate way, and mostly indoors. Marseille was pretty hostile and stressful for me. When I’m on vacation, especially in our family house in Corsica, I feel way more free. A lot of outdoor images come out from this peace, even though I really, really love shooting indoors.

It’s really in Brooklyn that I started to practice street photography in a hectic way, I would say. I used to walk around the hood for hours taking pictures of people, amazed by this new environment. Then, I continued during my travels, and in Marseille; even though, I have to say, I don’t feel that comfortable in this city practicing this particular type of photography.

3. How does being a female photographer influence your work? Do you encounter any challenges in your practice relate to that?

I kind of started photography because, and when, I became a woman. I was dealing with both depression and anorexia. I began making self-portraits, pictures of my body, in particular. It was like I had more control on that changing body. It also saved me later by making me realize I was too thin. The camera became both a medication and a weapon. It’s funny because I never really stopped taking selfies, those self-portraits that I saw and still see as a strong personal intimate artistic statement are now normal in our society, if I may say so. 

As far as street photography, it is both harder and easier to be a woman. But, for this very reason, the issue is that sometimes you can be despised by the street photography community, which is mostly masculine. I already heard comments like “it’s easier for you, you’re a pretty young lady”; it is rather upsetting. Same with the self-portraits, you can easily be seen as a mere narcissistic girl that uses her body or her nice features to target her audience. It’s still a man’s world.

4. Do you want to share something about your body of work? What are you working on right now?

I am currently shooting a lot with my new toy, a Contax T2 I bought few months ago. I’m having a lot of fun. It didn’t really changed the way I shoot - it remains very intuitive. I just shoot what I see, what moves me…whatever it is, wherever it is. Besides that, I started a selfie project, mostly digital. It’s the first time I think in terms of series before the creative process. It is deeply connected with a depressive episode I had when I got back from the US. I lost a lot of weight, and had low self esteem. I had to learn again how to have fun with myself. Basically, I just put on outrageous and childish makeup, weird clothes and I take photographs of my face. When I think about it, it’s very intuitive as well. I just grab funky outfits, and it cheers me up. I can also do it in the middle of the night.

5. How do you get inspiration? Who do you admire?

I get inspiration from life. It might sounds a bit cheesy, and maybe even a little bit pretentious, but I really shoot instinctively. Of course, my eye is trained. I mean, I’ve seen many movies, I’m a big art geek, I curate galleries on the Internet. But it’s really in the present that it happens…a nice reflection, an odd expression on a face, my dogs fooling around… 

I mentioned street photography, but I don’t picture myself as a portrait photographer, nor a street photographer, nor a landscape photographer. I take pictures with my own artistic sensitivity. 

I admire many artists and I am really inspired by different things.That hyper sensitivity that makes my life hard is both a blessing and a curse, as they say. If you want names, I look up to Cindy Sherman, Nan Goldin, Diane Arbus, William Eggleston, Stephen Shore, Anders Petersen, Pablo Picasso. But I also do really like some of my Flickr friends and emergent young artists. I’m all over the Internet, Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook etc…I’m an image freak!

6. Do you shoot mostly color or black and white? Why?

I shoot mostly color. I began with black and white as a teen, it was a good way to begin photography.  Many would disagree, but I find color more challenging and more beautiful. I live in the South of France, in a very luminous town, every tone is enhanced, here. Plus, I love art, nature, and fashion. I love life, and photography is life to me. I keep black and white for fun, even though I often change my mind!

Dan Skjæveland - Bryne kunstforening

Installations shots from Dan Skjæveland's exhibition at Bryne kunstforening, Nov 25 - Dec 17, 2017. The show consisted of 31 pictures from 2015-2017 mounted in wooden frames with no glass.

Margriet Zwarthoed

Today we are announcing Margriet Zwarthoed as our newest artist. Margriet usually works in series and on her artist page you will find an introduction, a selection of her work, and a link to explore her work even further. We're very happy that she wants to share her work through our gallery. 

Margriet Zwarthoed

From the series: "Chance Meetings"

From the series: "Chance Meetings"

Galleri Blunk, Trondheim - outsidere

On Oct 4 Galleri Blunk opened the door to their latest exhibition. The show outsidere was curated by Dan Skjæveland and featured work from all the photographers associated with our gallery. The idea was to try and highlight some of the work being produced and distributed outside of traditional institutions, where politics and money might play a lesser part in influencing the work. We were excited to try and bring this work into a more traditional venue for a limited time to see what an engaged audience would think.

Galleri Blunk is a non-profit gallery run by young local artists and they give artists a chance to show their work to the local townsfolk. It seemed like the perfect space for this exhibition.

The show was up for four days and Dan Skjæveland was present in this period to take questions. 

Installation view of the exhibition outsidere, Oct 4–Oct 8, 2017

Installation view of the exhibition outsidere, Oct 4–Oct 8, 2017

Introducing...

Wendy Morgan as our newest artist! We are proud to have Wendy on board and are delighted that we get to share this wonderful work with our followers. As always it's possible to reach out to us if you're interested in buying a print and all proceeds of any sale goes directly to the artist.

Follow the link below to go to her artist page where you will find more work. 
Wendy Morgan

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Mike Murphy

We are proud to welcome Mike Murphy as our newest artist.

'Since the late 70's I have been exploring the medium of photography in one form or another. Currently I’m using an iPhone (like everyone else) in an attempt to create a new perspective on street photography.

Using the Pano app, and shot from a moving car, these photographs merged the multiple perspectives of the passing landscape into a single composite picture. All are created in camera. The only post processing is cropping and color correction.'

East Los Angeles, 2017

East Los Angeles, 2017

More work can be seen on his artist page:
Mike Murphy

New artist

We are proud to include the work of William Keckler in the gallery.

'About me? Poet and storyunteller. I like merfolk. Visuals tickle my uvula.. I like the indescribable, the irrecoverable, the unrecognizable and the alluringly indecipherable. I think that means I just like nature. Also, I believe (perhaps mistakenly) I am part of nature.' 

Below you'll find three galleries of William Keckler's work curated by Bill Dane. 

William Keckler gallery curated by Bill Dane #1
William Keckler gallery curated by Bill Dane #2
William Keckler gallery curated by Bill Dane #3

More information on the artist can be found on his artist page:
William Keckler
 

 

 

 

 

October update

I just returned to Norway after short trips to Mexico (to see my wife plus family) and San Francisco (to see Bill Dane plus family). After a couple of days in Albany together we both ended up with a small list of homework/to-dos; hoping to establish whether the ideas that originated around the kitchen table were as sensible to pursue as they seemed then and there. Speaking of homework, Bill has updated his galleries which can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_dane/galleries/. Definitely worth a visit.

Upon my return I learned that I've been granted a membership with Forbundet Frie Fotografer, an organization who work to promote photographic art and artists in Norway. I've been following the organization for quite some time and I'm happy to finally be a part of it all.

I'm now working on some updates to the gallery and I hope to finalize these by the end of next month. 

September update

I recently began teaching photography at Skogn folkehøgskole in Skogn, Norway. I'm responsible for creating the curriculum, developing the school trips and investing in proper equipment. This has been my main focus this past month and I will continue to develop the course over the next year. In between planning I have found time to participate in some group shows and I'm planning a solo show next year. An updated resume can be found on my page.  

A shipment of Bill Dane prints is coming my way from Denmark. I'll post more information about the content once the box gets here.

Bill Dane has spent the past month curating 21 wonderful galleries consisting of other people's pictures.  These can be accessed by clicking the picture below or by following this link: https://www.flickr.com/photos/bill_dane/galleries/.

 

 

 

Resources

We've just added a resource page with a small collection of links we think could be of interest. Whether you're looking to buy new photography books, read essays, or research photographers, there should be something on this page to get you started. 

Resources