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Artist Feature

Every week an artist is featured whose single image was published by Der Greif. The Feature shows the image in the original context of the series.

Alan Eglinton - Only the fires say

Jun 20, 2018

Only the fires say comprises pictures Alan Eglinton took without premeditation over the course of several summers, between 2006 and 2016, in Europe and East Asia. The photographer responded to particular lighting states and to seemingly insignificant scenes that ‘called’ to be photographed and transfigured. He worked with perceptive stimuli more than concepts. If the pictures were to take on any meaning, this would come later, through their assemblage.

The gathering of these samples steadily formed a personal archive. During the summer of 2016, he began to explore this ‘jungle’ of pictures, which had until that point remained dormant. He edited a visual poem composed of a sequence of black and white images, punctuated by the motif of a field fire in color. He wanted to observe how these disparate images interact, like experimenting with different chemicals or reordering the lines of a poem. Although there isn’t an implied narrative as such, certain subjects (combustion, water, children, animals) and impressions (void and fullness, slow and fast) recur throughout the sequence and may echo or contradict each other, proposing an intuitive reading of an archive of experience.

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Our Time Between – Doug Muir

Jun 27, 2018 - Alan Eglinton

For my last post, I would like to share a few extracts from the project Our Time Between by American photographer Doug Muir (1940-2016). A book of this work was published posthumously in 2016 by Datz Press, a Seoul-based publishing house. They are definitely people to follow since they have an active role in bringing South Korean and international photography to the attention of a South Korean audience through their publishing house, photobook store and photography museum.


A few words about Doug Muir’s project: in 1976, two artists met at an exhibition in Berkeley and, from then on, shared one retina for the following thirty years. In the book Our Time Between, Doug Muir documented Jean’s last ten years. She was gradually losing her memory, due to alzheimer’s disease.

Alex & Me – James Pfaff

Jun 23, 2018 - Alan Eglinton

For my third post, here are some extracts from the project Alex & Me by Scottish visual artist James Pfaff. I very much like James’ great versatility as an artist. If you’re in Scotland, the show of Alex & Me is on until July 1st at Street Level Photoworks in Glasgow.


James Pfaff’s work is chiefly concerned with the documentation and reconstruction of his own life and universe, a personal essay on the human condition. Drawing on his extensive photographic archive and personal journals, he expresses himself principally through the medium of photography, often later combining his images with the abstract form, paint, collage and the written word in contemporary response. The series Alex & Me (1998) can be considered as a point of departure.


From curator Francesca Seravalle – Alex & Me is an artistic re-appropriation of a personal archive, a tribute to an important love, made and broken on a road trip in the late summer of ’98 through North America, from Toronto to New Orleans and then back north to New York.


For Pfaff, the creative process is both self-analysis and an emotional experience. In his work he gives shape and colour to his memories, as fluid materials that come from the photographs and acquire a second life with the distance of time. Pfaff’s archival materials become, in this way, the palette he draws from, and the source of his inspiration for experimenting with different interventions in photography. Photography is conceived as the starting point for exploring memory, a process accomplished, in the end, by painting and writing.

Caroline, Histoire numéro deux – Julien Magre

Jun 22, 2018 - Alan Eglinton

For my second post, I would like to share an extract from the project Caroline, Histoire numéro deux by French photographer Julien Magre. I discoverd this beautiful series a couple of weeks ago, during the Biennale de la Photographie de Mulhouse in France. His elegant analogue prints are exhibited at the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Mulhouse until the beginning of next September.


Julien Magre was born in 1973. From his first years of studies at the Arts décoratifs in Paris, he started taking photos of a young woman who was to become the mother of his two children and the main character of a story entitled Caroline, Histoire numéro deux – the book of this work was published by Filigranes editions in 2010.
When talking about this project that he’s been working on for the past fifteen years, the photographer says he’s “the spectator of his own intimacy“. Choosing the right distance from his subject, not too far, not too close, he documents his everyday life and thus makes it poetic.

– Léa Bismuth

Louis Gary

Jun 21, 2018 - Alan Eglinton

For my first post, I would like to share a photographic work that Louis Gary started in 2018. His pictures intrigue and inspire me.


Born in 1982, Louis is a French visual artist. His exploration of design and figurative sculpture is both straightforward and unscrupulous; the works he thus produces are influenced by ancient statuary, the style of clear-line drawing and weird modelmakers’ tasks. His photographic practice simultaneously builds, unveils and blurs the sensitive and parallel background of his artistic approach. Louis invites contemplative, uncanny and grotesque forces so as to create spaces in which art forms, gestures and things can be seen anew.