Jefferson Hayman, The Poetry of the Image

Paris ·

18.10.19 → 11.12.19

Jefferson Hayman is an American photographer, based in New York, whose images reveal dreamlike and poetic work, tinged with melancholy. The second particularity of this artist is the importance given to the framing, being part of the integral part of his work. He accompanies and surrounds each photograph in a specific way.
As a complete artist, Jefferson Hayman does of course realize his shots, chooses the papers, shoots himself his photos and selects frames found all over the world. Thus, the intensity of each visual and its own atmosphere, are perfectly highlighted by the assigned frame. To my knowledge, he is the only photographer working this way. The link he establishes between the photographic object and its frame is the result of a profound reflection and mixes the poetry of the image, its mystery, its history … to the concrete choice of paper. photo of the frame and the act of framing.
In Jefferson Hayman’s work, softness and a certain nostalgia accompany the melancholy of the frame. from his images: an old camera, a passing bird, a faded flower, a polaroid black and white transformed into a painting by Mark Rothko…all those everyday moments that he is the witness, the smuggler and whose companions he proposes us to be.

Photo credits

© Jefferson Hayman – Courtesy Galerie de l’Instant, Paris


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