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Robert Bourdeau, Pennsylvania, USA, 1997, black-and-white photograph, 10 5/8 x 13 7/8".

Robert Bourdeau

Edwynn Houk Gallery | New York

Robert Bourdeau, Pennsylvania, USA, 1997, black-and-white photograph, 10 5/8 x 13 7/8".

Robert Bourdeau trained and worked as an architectural technologist before an influential encounter with Aperture magazine and its editor, Minor White. A ten-year friendship with that elder statesman of photography encouraged Bourdeau to pursue the medium and embrace the emotional expressiveness on which White placed so much importance. Now in his eighties, Bourdeau is best known for landscape photographs in which the subject fills the entire frame, a compositional choice that emphasizes texture and occasionally creates odd spatial effects. Two pictures in this exhibition, his second at the gallery, exemplify this style. Yorkshire, England, 1985 is a straightforward depiction of scruffy northern fields, yet a low stone wall that divides the image horizontally adds a sense of strangeness. The wall masks a slope so that the land behind it appears as if a giant hand is pulling it

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