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Michel Graniou. Heliography in the museum

90 min visit

Museum of Art and History of Provence
18 Sep → 20 Feb 2022
Every day from 10am to 7pm (summer)

« Between poetry, technicality and modernity, Michel Graniou's work is amazing!  »

Michel Graniou is a contemporary artist who favours old-fashioned processes. The photographer associates the film shooting in the camera and the manual printing in his laboratory. Long operations that require a good knowledge of the photographic technique. Salted paper, gum bichromate, palladium or collodion, he claims an aesthetic and technical filiation with these predecessors, from which he manages to detach himself in a certain way. He puts the pioneers of photography, such as Charles Nègre (1820-1880), in dialogue with the contemporary visual artists of the 19th and 20th centuries. A tribute paid even in the title, with the word "heliography". In the 19th century, these were prints made from glass plates in sunlight (helios in Greek). For Michel Graniou places technique and plastic research at the heart of his work. His art is thus total, poetic and artistic, with a particular know-how. Discover his latest photographs, which are presented here as the original outcome of his work. Tickets on site.


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