Opens Friday April 29th from 6-10pm
…Exhibit runs April 29th to May 21st
Most of my photographic endeavors start with the excitement of the visualization of a beautiful print, even when taken out of the context of the series. By that I mean that the political or social content of a given body of work should not be used as a palliative for a beautiful image, no matter how interesting the subject is.
While all the serious talk about a photographer motive is important, a fine print has a life of its own and should be an object of itself. The emotions of the viewers when confronted to my work are always more important to me than any message I ultimately try to send.
In the medium of photography, the public seems to believe that the technical recipes are more important than of other mediums, and so they may be, however, it is not of great interest to be explained. My technical relationship with my work is very simple in that I am a practitioner of straight photography using available light and the least manipulation in the darkroom as possible.
Born in France -1955. Received a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering from the ‘Institut Universitaire de Technologie’ Paris, France(1977). An autodidact at photography. Started taking pictures in 1975 while working for Guy Bourdin in Paris. Learned black and white printing from 1977-1979 under the guidance of Jean Loup Sieff, also in Paris.
Moved to Los Angeles in 1986 and started to work with large format cameras. From 1995 to present, made extensive research on high definition printing with small and medium format cameras, using highly customized enlarging systems. Resides in Los Angeles. Working between Los Angeles and Paris.
Edgar Varela Fine Arts
727 South Spring Street
Los Angeles, CA 90014