Wendy Paton - VISAGES DE NUIT
American photographer Wendy Paton allows herself to disappear in order to let her subjects emerge from the night. In "Visages de Nuit" (Faces Of Night), Paton’s eye is that of the celebrant as well as a voyeur, and in graphic compositions of black and white that mesmerizes us, she offers personal and intimate glimpses of our human, ineffable presence. Her nocturnal portraits are both intimate and familiar, compelling and mysterious.
Paton, who works solely with manual film cameras, shot this body of work over a six-year span beginning in 2006. Intrigued by the mysterious and ever-changing nature of human personalities and their individual choices of expression, she chooses to photograph at night, when she believes people feel the freedom to be as they wish, take on a personality that they imagine or simply be themselves, striping down any false face. It is this freedom of expression at night that Paton searches for in her subjects. Her fascination with the darkness allows her to document with truth and clarity what she sees in the people of the night.
Wendy Paton’s work has been exhibited in gallery and museum venues internationally, and is in private and public collections in the US and Europe.
Authors: Karen Sinsheimer, Simon Van Booy, Xavier Canonne
2012, Hardcover with dust jacket, 24,5 x 29,5 cm, 104 pages, 52 tritone ills.
English/French, 45 Euro + shipping