Co-curated by Binet and JSI Managing Director Emily Bills, “Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light” presents work that spans her career, including now-iconic photographs of Zumthor’s Therme Vals and Hadid’s Phaeno Science Center.
The photographs on view in Los Angeles emphasize Binet’s meticulous use of analogue photographic processes.“Binet is an advocate of using film over digital methods, developing exquisite prints that reflect a deep concentration on the production of each image,” says Bills.
Binet is fond of Louis Kahn’s quote “The sun never knew how great it was until it struck the side of a building.” This exhibition features work that reflects Binet’s unique photographic imperative: emphasizing how a building’s atmospheric qualities are created through the interaction between structure and natural light. In this context, she is less preoccupied with the light needed to create a photograph and more with the photograph’s ability to articulate the revealing journey of light through a building.
Binet’s photographs help us to rediscover fleeting moments of visual access, manifested in tightly cropped details. “The sense of the light, the sense of coming out of the dark, it’s something that stays very much in the way I photograph,” says Binet.
February 28 – March 29, 2015
Opening Saturday, February 28, 2015, h. 6.00–8.00 p.m.
Hélène Binet: Fragments of Light
curated by Hélèn Binet and Emily Bills
6518 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles
with the support of ammann // gallery