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Alex Black proposes a technical study in the materiality of photo paper

Stemming from Man Ray’s studies on the materiality of photo paper, Alex Black studies how we experience incandescent light through its interaction with objects

Photographer: Alex Black
Stylist: Sharifa Morris

Alex Black and Man Ray

Man Ray’s photograms of the Twenties were a technical study in the materiality of photo paper. I built a basic darkroom in my bathroom with cheap construction material. Along with fashion items, I incorporated found objects from my home, limiting myself to my confinement. The whole process felt very scientific like I was a chemist. This impacted my sense of composition which became more calculated and rigid. I studied how we experience incandescent light through its interaction with objects. A photogram is a recording of the physical nature of light. Although we can’t touch it, it has a direct, chemical response on photo paper.

Alex Black photographer

Alex Black is a Director and Photographer originally from Montreal living between Paris & New York.

She sees the photography process as a way to making a painting or sculpture. Inspiration is drawn from the visual language of abstract art to create representations that exist with a degree of independence from visual references in the world. In there lies a tension between abstraction and figuration. Fashion is used as a tool for its shapes, colours and forms to achieve an effect and are usually simplified or schematized

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