Luc Delahaye, Les Pillards (Looters), 2010, color photograph, 62 1/2 x 86 5/8".

Luc Delahaye

Galerie Nathalie Obadia | Rue du Cloître St. Merri

Luc Delahaye, Les Pillards (Looters), 2010, color photograph, 62 1/2 x 86 5/8".

At Galerie Nathalie Obadia in Paris, Luc Delahaye recently showed ten large-format color photographs and one small black-and-white print, the bulk of his production since 2006. In his previous exhibition in Paris, at La Maison Rouge in 2005, nearly all of the photographs were made with a panoramic camera, but Delahaye seems to have come to feel that the format had become limiting, and the new work all issues from a four-by-five-inch camera that he wields without a tripod. This allows him to respond to events as they actually take place, in a quasi-photojournalistic manner, even as his aims go far beyond photojournalism in crucial respects. The most vivid instance of this in the present show is Les Pillards (Looters), 2010, a brilliant scene of looters in Haiti, some fleeing, some about to flee, from a place of pillage. The sunlight is dazzling (it also falls so as to seem to

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