LUX, Nageurs, 2002-2004
Exhibition from march 29th to may 5th 2007
On the occasion of this new series, Charles Fréger uses a reoccurring and precise photographic vocabulary, made up of center framed, often full frontal, compositions, full length, bust or close up, set against backgrounds carefully chosen for their colour, for a variety of lines or for the usual décor of an activity. The transparency of lighting, and the neutrality of expression as well as the static nature of the image, acutely attentive to the quality of the skin or the textures of the clothes, suggest a reference to the portraits painted by the old Masters. The medieval profiles, or the frontal presence of the characters with attributes indicating rank and quality, similar to those found in the equestrian portrait, are all sources of inspiration for Charles Fréger’s work. The photographs of today resound with the painted portraits of yesterday in these posed and emblematic images where appearance rubs up against identity, the individual against the collective.