Exhibitions

30 juin -30 juillet 2019

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This second photography retrospective held at John Gough Hall in Paxos, brings together older and new work by Paxiot photographer Dimitri Kintzios and four photographers from former summer residencies on the island. Introducing the Paxos photographs of the latest summer resident - Guido Maria Isolabella - who will be photographing this summer the churches of Paxos for a new book to be published in 2020 by the Friends of Paxos.

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Guido Maria Isolabella was born in Milan in 1965. He has been working as a commercial photographer since 1998. He studied at the John Kaverdash Academy of Photography and at the TPW photography school in Italy. He works as a freelance photographer for numerous agencies, companies, professional studios and private clients in Italy and abroad. He has traveled extensively, mainly in Latin America, India, China and South-east Asia, for long periods of time, to better absorb the atmosphere and culture of the countries he visits. He has always been fascinated by photography as an instrument to understand and portray the deeper nature of places, people and things.
He is currently working on the illustrations of a book on the history of Paxos churches under the direction of Berlin and Paxos-based art curator Alessandra Pace to be published by Friends of Paxos in 2020.

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Dimitris Kintzios was born in Athens in 1969 and is an amateur photographer. His family origins, however, are in Paxos and he has been visiting the island since childhood. He settled permanently on the island in 1997. His passion for photography dates back to his school years. His focus is on the careful recording and framing of space and landscape. His imaginatively staged pictures reveal his great love for the island, and its natural beauty at all seasons. Kintzios has participated in many group exhibitions in Greece and his work has been published in magazines, albums and calendars. He is a member of the Photography Club of Corfu (Photoleke).

Born in 1964 in the Paris suburbs, Jean-Manuel Simoes had an ordinary education that lead him to a degree in international trade. After school he worked for some ten years in various companies until demoralized by the daily routine, he decided to abandon the world of business for his true passion, photography.
At 33 he began his career as a photojournalist working for some of the best-known French newspapers and magazines - Le Monde, Le Figaro, L’Express and Télérama. His photos of contemporary French society have won numerous awards including the prestigious Prix Spécial du jury d’Angersand have been published in portfolios in Le Monde 2, Le Monde.fr and L’Express. They have been shown at Visa, the most important international photojournalist festival, and are to be found in important institutional collections like the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, the Bibliothèque historique de a ville de Parisand the Réunion des monuments nationaux.

Jean Manuel still woks with a Leica and develops his own photographs from Kodak film. He is passionately attached to manual development and handling of photographic paper. Development is indeed for him the essential final stage of the creative photographic process. He was summer resident photographer in Paxos in 2017 and directed a photography worshop for the Friends of Paxos. A major retrospective of his photos is scheduled at the Maison du Portugal in Paris this autumn.

Gabriel Stauffer - Paxos, Bournaos Café, Interior 2017 Watercolor on gelatin silver print 30x40 cm - Unique work
Born in Paris in 1953, Gabriel Stauffer, worked in several trades before specializing in precision optical instruments. He is a great traveler and has photographed, always in black and white, landscapes and architecture from many parts of the world. He is also a fine portraitist, best known for his moving portrayals of the traditional artisans of Paris (2009) in their place of work, a series now in the collection of the Musée Carnavalet, the Paris History museum. His work is also to be found in the collections of the Bibliothèque Historique de la Ville de Paris, the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, and the Ecomusée du Val de Bièvre.

He was resident photographer in Paxos in the spring of 2014. Apart from his silver and selenium prints which he develops himself, he began in 2017 tinting his photographic prints with watercolors made of rare pigments. The Paxos watercolors have a particularly romantic and nostalgic flavor and recall the colorized images of the late 19th century.

Vivian van Blerk Souvenirs of Paxos : Niobe 2013, 47x37 cm
Vivian van Blerk was born in 1971 In Cape Town, South Africa. He has lived and worked in Paris since 1996. Vivian tends to work in narrative series having created more than 20 since 1994. The principal ones are : Attics 1 & 2 (1994-95), A Cow Travels through Space and Time and Confronts her Mortality (1998-2000), Hippopotamus and Destiny (2000-01), From A New World (2001-2004),Four Seasons (2005 –06), The Seven Deadly Vices (2007), Ephemeron (2008), Public Flesh (2009), Eden Park (2009), Into the World (2010) Metamorphoses(2011), I and my Chimney (2011-13), After Empire (2016). Island Lives - Souvenir of Paxos (2013) was inspired by his residency on Paxos in 2013.

Many of his photos require more than a month’s work since they are shots of elaborate sets constructed by the artist. The sets vary in size from about three feet-high and deep to seven and eight feet for the Four Seasons and are composed of a great variety of sculpted animals and objects placed in painted décors patiently built and carefully illuminated by the artist. Since 2002 the artist has also re-thought the colors of his photographs by tinting the negatives and has introduced the technique of photomontage which further enriches his process. The result is a sophisticated photographic synthesis of sculpture, painting, architecture, perspective, and trompe l’oeil which is unique in contemporary photography.

More lately Vivian has began firing the animals and creatures he creates for his photographs in porcelain. A very impressive series of porcelain skulls was shown in Brussels in 2018 and a major installation of Caretta turtles combined with snails in a beach setting will be exhibited at the Istanbul Biennale in September this year.

Guido Maria Isolabella

Dimitris Kintzios

Jean-Manuel Simoes

Gabriel Stauffer

Vivian van Blerk

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